Apprecier: Definition, Conjugation & Synonyms

Instructor: Susan Binkley

Susan has taught college-level French and has a PhD in French studies.

The French verb 'APPRECIER' means 'to appreciate' in English. This lesson will show you how to use that verb in various situations. We will also view the conjugation and learn a few sentences with the verb.

Using the Verb Apprécier

You and your friends are enjoying a great dinner in a Paris bistro. It's near the end of your semester studying abroad and you've all had a wonderful time in Paris. You start talking about all of the things you appreciate about Paris.

J'apprécie (pronounced: zhah pray see) le métro, you tell your friends ('I appreciate the metro').

Tu apprécies (pronounced: too apray see) le métro?, you friend Luc asks. ('You appreciate the metro?') J'apprécie les cafés! ('I appreciate the cafes!')

He adds, Thomas, aussi, il apprécie (pronounced: eel apray see) les cafés ('Thomas also appreciates the cafes'.)

Christine joins the conversation and adds that she and Julie really appreciate the museums in Paris: Julie et moi, nous apprécions (pronounced: noo zapray see ohn) les musées à Paris.

The server then arrives with your food. Thomas takes one look at the food, and declares, J'apprécie beaucoup la cuisine française! ('I appreciate French food!')

APPRECIER = to appreciate.

Did you notice the forms of apprécier (pronounced: apray see ay) that are used? Apprécier is the infinitive, or basic form, of the verb that means 'to appreciate.' When we use it with a pronoun such as elle to say 'she appreciates,' we use the appropriate conjugation, elle apprécie, in this case.

Forms of Apprécier

Let's take a look at apprécier in the present tense for all the forms. Here's the conjugation chart:

Subject Pronoun Apprécier Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
je j'apprécie (zhah pray see) I appreciate, I do appreciate
tu tu apprécies (too apray see) you appreciate, you do appreciate
il/elle/on il/elle/on apprécie (eel/el/ohn apray see) he/she appreciates, he/she does appreciate
nous nous apprécions (noo zapray see ohn) we appreciate, we do appreciate
vous vous appréciez (voo zapray see ay) you appreciate, you do appreciate
ils/elles ils/elles apprécient (eel/el zapray see) they appreciate, they do appreciate

The conjugation of apprécier is the same as the other verbs that follow the pattern for verbs ending in -er, such as parler. Since this verb fits the normal pattern of verbs ending in -er, we call this a 'regular' -er verb.

When you use this verb, you need to follow it with what, exactly, is being appreciated. In grammar terms, the verb needs to be followed by a 'direct object.' 'Il apprécie la cuisine et les cafés' means that he appreciates the food and cafes, where la cuisine and les cafés are considered the direct objects.

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