Common French Irregular Verbs – Present Tense

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Common irregular verbs in the passé composé

PRENDRE – TO TAKE

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je prendsnous prenons
tu prendsvous prenez
il prendils prennent
Je prends un café tous les  matins.
I have (a cup of) coffee every morning. 

APPRENDRE – TO LEARN

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j’apprendsnous apprenons
tu apprendsvous apprenez
il apprendils apprennent
Ils apprennent à jouer de la guitare.
They are learning to play the guitar.

COMPRENDRE – TO UNDERSTAND

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je comprendsnous comprenons
tu comprendsvous comprenez
il comprendils comprennent
Tu comprends le chinois?
Do you understand Chinese?

LIRE – TO READ

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je lisnous lisons
tu lisvous lisez
il litils lisent
Vous lisez dans votre salon?
Do you read in your living room?

DIRE – TO SAY

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je disnous disons
tu disvous dites
il ditils disent
Je dis au revoir à mes collègues.
I say good-bye to my colleagues.

ÉCRIRE – TO WRITE

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j’écrisnous écrivons
tu écrisvous écrivez
il écritils écrivent
Nous écrivons la réponse à votre question.
We are writing the answer to your question. 

VOIR – TO SEE

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je voisnous voyons
tu voisvous voyez
il voitils voient
Tu vois Michelle de temps en temps?
Do you see Michelle from time to time?

RECEVOIR – TO RECEIVE

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je reçoisnous recevons
tu reçoisvous recevez
il reçoitils reçoivent
Ils reçoivent des cadeaux pour leurs anniversaires.
They receive presents for their birthdays.

CROIRE – TO BELIEVE / TO THINK

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je croisnous croyons
tu croisvous croyez
il croitils croient
Je crois que tu vas garder les enfants ce soir.
I think (believe) you are going to look after the children this evening.

BOIRE – TO DRINK

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je boisnous buvons
tu boisvous buvez
il boitils boivent
Nous buvons huit verres d’eau par jour.
We drink eight glasses of water per day.

METTRE – TO PUT

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je metsnous mettons
tu metsvous mettez
il metils mettent
Tu mets les bagages dans le coffre?
You’re putting the bags in the trunk?

OUVRIR – TO OPEN

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j’ouvre   nous ouvrons
tu ouvresvous ouvrez
il ouvreils ouvrent
Vous ouvrez les fenêtres pendant la journée?
Do you open the windows during the day?

COUVRIR – TO COVER

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je couvrenous couvrons
tu couvresvous couvrez
il couvreils couvrent
Elle couvre son bébé d’une couverture.
She covers her baby with a blanket. 

OFFRIR – TO OFFER / TO GIVE

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j’offrenous offrons
tu offresvous offrez
il offreils offrent
Ils offrent des fleurs à leur maman.
They are giving (some) flowers to their mom.

COURIR – TO RUN

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je coursnous courons
tu coursvous courez
il courtils courent
Vous courez souvent au parc?
Do you often run in the park?

PARTIR – TO LEAVE

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je parsnous partons
tu parsvous partez
il partils partent
Je pars de la maison dans cinq minutes.
I’m leaving the house in five minutes.

SORTIR – TO GO OUT

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je sorsnous sortons
tu sorsvous sortez
il sortils sortent
Il sort de la piscine car il a froid.
He’s getting out of the pool because he is cold. 

DORMIR – TO SLEEP

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je dorsnous dormons
tu dorsvous dormez
il dortils dorment
Vous dormez dans votre nouvelle tente. 
You are sleeping in your new tent. 

SERVIR – TO SERVE

je sersnous servons
tu sersvous servez
il sertils servent
Je sers un bon curry à mes invités.
I’m serving a good curry to my guests. 

VENIR – TO COME

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je viensnous venons
tu viensvous venez
il vientils viennent
Est-ce que tu viens à la fête ce soir?
Are you coming to the party this evening?
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