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Conjugate regular -er verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

Most verbs ending in -er conjugate as follows in Présent indicatif:

 

  new ending jouer (to play) visiter (to visit)
Je  -e Je joue Je visite
Tu  -es Tu joues Tu visites
Il/elle/on  -e Il/elle/on joue Il/elle/on visite
Nous  -ons Nous jouons Nous visitons
Vous  -ez Vous jouez Vous visitez
Ils/elles  -ent Ils/elles jouent Ils/elles visitent

Note that the -er ending is replaced with new endings in each case.

 

Pronunciation Tip:
The -es ending for tu and the -ent  ending for ils/elles are written but NOT pronounced. When spoken they sound like joue.

You can listen to these conjugated forms of aimer to hear how they sound:

Présent indicatif
j' aime
tu aimes
il aime
elle aime
on aime
nous aimons
vous aimez
ils aiment
elles aiment


Here are more examples to listen to:

Je regarde la télé.
I'm watching telly.

Tu chantes bien?
Do you sing well?

Elle danse tous les mardis.
She dances every Tuesday.

Nous adorons les dessins animés.
We love cartoons.

Tu travailles dans un bureau.
You work in an office.

Les enfants jouent dans le jardin.
The children play in the garden.

 

Grammar jargon

The infinitive of the verb is the unconjugated verb
-> jouer (to play) as opposed to a conjugated form like je joue (I play)

The stem of the infinitive is the part before the -er, -ir, -oir or -re ending.

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Tu chantes bien?
Do you sing well?


Tu travailles dans un bureau.
You work in an office.


Elle danse tous les mardis.
She dances every Tuesday.


Nous adorons les dessins animés.
We love cartoons.


Je regarde la télé.
I'm watching telly.


Les enfants jouent dans le jardin.
The children play in the garden.


Q&A

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2018

2 replies

NB: What's this stand for?

" NB: the -es for tu and " What does NB mean?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2018

11/04/18

Bonjour CrystalMaiden!


N.B. is a Latin abbreviation meaning "Nota Bene", or "note well" in English. It's used to give an information that is deemed worth remembering :)


However, I agree that it should simply be replaced by "Note" which I use in most lessons ;)


I've now amended the lesson accordingly!


Merci et à bientôt ! 

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

15 April 2018

15/04/18

Happy to make a difference!

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

3 replies

Is the 'e' at the end of, for example, 'je regardE' pronounced?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

20/01/18

The answer is difficult to give definitively in writing. It depends to some extent what the word is followed by. At the end of a sentece, i.e., "Je te regarde." it is pronounced ever so slightly, giving the "d" a distinctive touch. But in "Je regarde mon ouvre." it isn't pronounced at all.

I would love for a native speaker to comment, though.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2018

21/01/18

The 'e' is mute and it is not pronounced . All you hear is the 'd' at the end . This is the same for all the forms except the Nous and Vous forms.
So in - je regarde, tu regardes, il/elle/on regarde, ils/elles regardent the ´ regard ' is prononced the same , sounding the ´d' .
I have found as a teacher that it is important to stress this at this stage as some students want to pronounce an ´ é ´ sound which creates problems when you are tackling the perfect tense.
Hope this helps ...

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2018

21/01/18

Hi Cécile
Thank you and yes it definitely helps.

lisa

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2017

2 replies

il y a

Ron

Kwiziq community member

15 November 2017

15/11/17

Bonsoir Lisa,
I do not see a question noted here, but the assumption is that it relates to «il y a». Please repost along with your question.

Bonne soirée.

Beverley

Kwiziq community member

15 November 2017

15/11/17

Il y a = there is/there are in the present tense.
Il y avait = there were in the imperfect tense.
OR
Il y a = ago
e.g. Il y a un ans, il y avait douze membres dans le groupe. = A year ago there were three members in the group.

William

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2017

1 reply

Verbs + preposition

I am confused here. The question says "arriver" is "to manage". However is "arriver" not "to arrive" and "arriver à" is "to manage"?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2017

25/09/17

Bonjour William,
You are correct, arriver --> to arrive; arriver à ---> to manage, to reach, to achieve. As you continue in your study of the French language you will notice that by adding an article to a verb, the sense of the verb changes, much like when the use of a reflexive verb instead of just the verb also changes the sense.

J'espère que ma réponse vous aiderait.
Bonne chance et bonne continuation dans vos études en français, la langue de Molière et qui a été utilisé par le monde français depuis l’époque d’Hugues Capet
Let me take a look at that...