French is getting so confusing with all the " Ecrivent" and other ways to say write. Also, I feel rushed even though I'm right on time! Help!
My French learning has been full of confusing moments.
However with slow progress through the Duolingo course, I am finding lessons that I originally thought very difficult are much easier to understand months later.
I think it takes a while for the French to sink into my brain
"écrire" means "to write" and is conjugated:
J'écris - I write
Tu écris - You write
Il/Elle écrit - He/She/It writes
Nous écrivons - We write
Vous écrivez - You (formal)/You pl. write
Ils/Elles ÉCRIVENT - They write
You may look into getting a French verbs book that can help you decipher verbs and their different forms. Don't just make guesses at things you don't know, though. When you don't know something, look it up or ask for help from someone who knows French better. It's a long hard process, but if you keep on with it, in a few years you'll be wondering what language you should learn next!
In present tense, French verbs (infinitives) have three endings: -ER (like aimer), -IR (like finir), and -RE (like rendre). They each have specific rules for the verb endings.
-ER (using aimer)
-e, -es, -e, -ons, -ez, -ent
J'aime Tu aimes Il/elle/on aime Nous parlons Vous parlez Ils/Elles parlent
-IR (using finir)
-is, -is, -it, -issons, -issez, -issent
Je finis Tu finis Il/elle/on finit Nous finissons Vous finissez Ils/elles finissent
-RE (using rendre)
-s, -s, nothing, -ons, -ez, -ent.
Je rends Tu rends Il/elle/on rend Nous rendons Vous rendez Ils/elles rendent
There are irregular verbs too that follow different rules. I also found this website to help with verb conjugations and tenses.