Conjugate semi-regular -oyer, -ayer, -uyer verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

To conjugate verbs ending in "-ayer/-oyer/-uyer" in Le Présent tense, you follow the normal conjugation of "-ER" verbs, but the "y" becomes an "i" for "je/tu/il/elle/on/ils/elles"

ESSAYER (to try)

 

j'essaie I try
tu essaies You try (one person you know well)
il/elle/on essaie He/She/We/one/people try
   
nous essayons We try
vous essayez You try (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles essaient They try

ATTENTION: For verbs in -AYER, in spoken French (included written dialogue in a play for example) an alternative version where the "y" is kept for all forms is frequently used (and also pronounced differently):

Il essaie de dormir.He's trying to sleep.

Il essaye de dormir.He's trying to sleep.

Je paie mon loyer tous les mois.I pay my rent every month.

Je paye mon loyer tous les mois.I pay my rent every month.


Note however that the nous and vous forms always take "y".

 

Common -AYER / -OYER / -UYER verbs

essayer (to try)
payer (to pay) 
employer (to use/employ)
envoyer (to send)
nettoyer (to clean)
essuyer (to wipe)

 

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Examples and resources

Il essaye de dormir.He's trying to sleep.
Il essaie de dormir.He's trying to sleep.
Vous payez en espèces?Are you paying in cash?
Je paye mon loyer tous les mois.I pay my rent every month.
Nous envoyons une lettre.We're sending a letter.
Je paie mon loyer tous les mois.I pay my rent every month.
Tu nettoies ta chambre?Are you cleaning your room?
Ma fille s'ennuie comme un rat mort en ce moment.My daughter is bored to death at the moment.
Getting that for you now.