Choisir: Definition & Conjugation

Instructor: Rebecca Rosenbarker

Rebecca has taught French and English as a Second Language (ESL). She has a master's degree in ESL. Rebecca currently lives in France.

This lesson will introduce you to the French verb choisir, including how it's conjugated with different subject nouns and pronouns and how it's pronounced in the present tense. A short quiz follows the lesson.

The Verb Choisir in French

Picture yourself at a toy store in Paris looking to buy a ball for your niece. The employee asks you what color you are going to choose. How do you answer? Well, the verb choisir (pronounced shwa-ZEER) would allow you tell the employee which one you would like, because it means 'to choose.'

Vous choisissez un ballon de quelle couleur? (What color ball do you choose?)

Je choisis le ballon rouge. (I choose the red ball.)

Vous choisissez un ballon de quelle couleur?
Picture of colorful toys

Conjugating Regular -IR Verbs in French

The verb choisir is a member of a group of verbs called regular -ir verbs. That means that when it is conjugated, it follows the same specific pattern as other regular -ir verbs. If you already have learned how to conjugate other regular -ir verbs, such as finir (to finish) or réussir (to succeed), you already know the pattern to follow in order to conjugate choisir. Let's review that pattern now.

To conjugate choisir and other regular -ir verbs, you remove the -ir from the end of the infinitive (choisir becomes chois-), and you add one of the following endings, depending on your subject pronoun.

Subject Pronoun Ending
Je -is
Tu -is
Il/elle/on -it
Nous -issons
Vous -issez
Ils/ells -issent

Now, let's take a look at how to conjugate choisir following this pattern.

Conjugation of the Verb Choisir

Following the pattern above, here is the conjugation of choisir, using the same subject pronouns.

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