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Help conjugating french verbs

Hi I have troubles knowing what situations call for certain verb endings. for example: for the word WORK. Do I translate it as travaille, or travailles? I know its different depending on the context, but this website doesnt focus a ton on conjugating verbals.

April 30, 2020



So in English, the whole verb (the infinitive) is actually "to work". In French, the whole verb (the infinitive) is "travailler".

In French, we conjugate the verb depending on who is working (the pronoun).

For regular verbs that end in "er" such as "travailler", we follow this pattern:

Je travaille (replace the "er" with "e")

Tu travailles (replace the "er" with "es")

Il/Elle/On travaille (replace the "er" with "e")

Nous travaillons (replace the "er" with "ons")

Vous travaillez (replace the "er" with "ez")

Ils/Elles travaillent (replace the "er" with "ent")

Some verbs end in "ir" or "re", and they will follow a different pattern. Work on learning the "er" pattern first, as most verbs will end in "er".

You can find the patterns for "ir" and "re" on google.

I hope that helps! :)


Verbs in French are separated in groups : The first group verbs end with "er" The second group verbs end with "ir" The third (and last) group verbs end with any other pattern such as "re" "ire" "oir" etc.. (including some exception verbs ending with "er" or "ir"). As gri_er said, it is easier to begin with the first and second group (so "er" and "ir" endings) but there isn't really a shortcut for french conjugation, you must know it by heart


Thanks, this was helpful!


Are you reading the tips and sentence discussions?


Je - Normal form

Tu - Adds -s at the end

Il/Elle - Normal form sometimes adds a -t at the end

Ils/Elles - Adds -ent at the end

Vous - Adds -ez at the end

I simplified it a little, but hope this helps


this is exactly what I needed!!! just a simple chart that gave a basic outline. Thank you!! (also love the pfp)


Hello Anya, Duolingo does explain how to do conjugations. Here is just a little bit of some of the present tense forms for one verb. https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-2/tips

Are you able to see the grammar notes (tips) from your phone? They are really helpful to read.

The other writers here on this post gave you some nice answers and help. Here is some more help:

In French, the verb endings change depending on the subject of the verb. As a beginner, you will see the subject pronoun, as gri_er and Michael wrote in their comments, that is used in each different sentence.

In French, the tense of the verb also changes the way the verb is spelled, and also the mood. But don't worry, right now, you are learning the present tense, indicative mood, first, like all beginners.

I think some of the problem you are having with the word "work" is that it is a noun and also a verb in English.

In French, "travailler" is an infinitive form of a verb that means "to work."

gri_er already showed you how to conjugate it (that means, how to spell the verb depending on the subject, the tense, and the mood).

On the other hand, le travail = the work (a noun).

You do not "conjugate" nouns in French or in English. But you do spell most of them differently when they are plural. In French, "travail" is a singular noun, and its plural is "travaux."


I work (je travaille) you (singular) work (tu travailles), He works (il travaille), she works (elle travaille) it or one works (on travaille) we work (nous travaillons), you (plural) work (vous travaillez), they (females) work (elles travaillent), they (males) work (ils travaillent). In speech this gets confusing in French because even though they are spelled differently, the forms travaille, travailles, and travaillent are all pronounced the same ( trah-vigh). The other posts have given you the pattern of endings for verbs ending in -er. I would suggest that any time you learn a new verb, look at the "tips" section and practice writing out all of the conjugations. You will pick up on the pattern soon if you do this. There are a few verbs ending in -er that are irregular and don't follow the pattern (like the verb "aller" (to go), but most follow the pattern. Good luck. French is a beautiful language. You can do it! :)


Thank you!!! <3

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    https://www.elearningfrench.com/ Check out this website for the conjugations with examples.


    This is a useful tool for checking the conjugation of any verb - https://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/ - just put the infinitive form into the box and click "conjuguer"

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