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Rules on Verb Conjugation: I need help on the ones that follow patterns and those that don't. Merci

What other verbs apart from veux/voulons/voulez don't follow the rules? Thanks for the help in advance.

May 18, 2020



We classify French verbs by their endings to make it easier to learn their conjugations.


       Group 1

These verbs end in -er. The majority of these verbs have a regular conjugation, with the notable exception of aller (3rd group).
     manger, aimer, commencer, créer, penser, oublier

       Group 2

Those verbs end in -ir and their present participle is formed with -issant.
     finir (finissant), réussir (réussissant), choisir (choisissant)

       Group 3

Those verbs are irregular verbs that don’t belong to group 1 or 2. These verbs can also be categorised by their endings. Some end in -oir, others in -re, while some end in -ir and form their present participle with the ending -ant instead of -issant.
     pouvoir, savoir, voir, vouloir prendre, croire, mettre, attendre, découvrir (découvrant), courir (courant), offrir (offrant)


Merci beaucoup.


There are loads of irregular verbs unfortunately. Dictionaries and grammar books have lists, as well as on line. Just have to learn each one as you come across it, I'm afraid.


Merci. I've been trying to do that but it keeps getting confusing.


A whole lot actually. Aller, povoir, savoir, voir, devoir, falloir to name a few. There are still usually certain patterns though even with most irregular verbs. But it's a challenge nonetheless. Especially as far as the writing is concerned. As some may sound regular and still have irregular writing.


Be sure to read the skill Tips. Duo will often point out when a skill will be using irregular verbs, as well as give you patterns for conjugating regular verbs.


Sometimes I would have finished a lesson on a part, then I'd see tips much later.


Google is a great resource. You might want to start there before going to the forum.

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