The d in prendre

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The d in prendre

Why does repondre keep the d in the present tense when prendre loses it and yet they are supposed to follow the same rule as irregulars?

Asked 1 month ago
CaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer
Répondre (à) is not the same verb as reprendre.  Répondre means to answer, to reply, and reprendre means to take back (and this is only one of many meanings.)   I think you are perhaps confused about something.  Répondre, prendre and reprendre all keep the d in the present singular conjugations.
Cary
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Not sure where you mean they are different in present tense. 

Je (Re)prends

tu (re)prends

il/elle/on (re)prend

nous (re)prenons

vous (re)prenez

ils/elles (re)prennent

There are many good conjugation references on line.

https://bescherelle.com/conjugueur.php?term=Reprendre

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Sorry, misread the question early morning. Agree with Cary, répondre is not a derivative of prendre, and is not irregular in conjugation. Hence the endings for nous/vous/ils/elles for répondre are different. 

Conjugate regular -dre verbs in the present tense in French (Le Présent)

The d in prendre

Why does repondre keep the d in the present tense when prendre loses it and yet they are supposed to follow the same rule as irregulars?

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