Nommer: Definition & Conjugation

Instructor: Jennifer Chrol

I have a Master's degree in English and French. I love teaching language at all ages and levels.

What are you going to name your new pet? Whom are you going to nominate for the position of assistant? These are two examples of questions you'll able to ask after this lesson. We'll explore the lesser-known verb you can use to talk about naming. You'll also find how to conjugate 'nommer', as well as a few other uses.

Conjugating Nommer

Nommer is a regular -er verb that means to name, nominate, or appoint something or someone. It's a transitive verb; in other words, it will always appear with an object. You're naming or nominating someone or something. For example, Je nomme Lisa au poste de chef de la commercialisation. (I nominate Lisa for the position of Chief Marketing Officer.) Look at the chart to see how to conjugate nommer.

Pronoun Verb -er S-V Pronunciation Translation
je nomme zhu nohm I name
tu nommes too nohm you name (informal/singular)
il/elle/on nomme eel/el/ohn nohm he/she/we name
nous nommons noo nohm-ohn we name
vous nommez voo nohm-ay you name (formal/plural)
ils/elles nomment eel/el nohm they name

Using Nommer

Nommer on its own can be used in several different ways. You can use it to say that you're giving a name to someone or something. For example, Je nomme mon chat Sébastien. (I name my cat Sebastian.) It can be used to say the name you were given. Mes parents m'ont nommé Céline. (My parents named me Celine.) It's important to note that in the past tense, nommer is conjugated with avoir.

Translation: She named the cat Jean.

As we saw in the introduction, you can also use nommer to designate or nominate someone to a particular position or job. Il nomme Isobelle pour nous representer. (He is nominating Isobelle to represent us.) It can also be used to call out or blame someone for something. For example, Elle a nommé les gens qui ont menti à la police. (She named the people who had lied to the police.)

The chart below will help you to use the verb in the past tense.

Pronoun Verb Avoir Past Verb Nommer S-V Pronunciation Translation
je ai nommé zhay nohm-ay I named
tu as nommé too ah nohm-ay you named
il/elle/on a nommé eel/el/ohn ah nohm-ay he/she/we named
nous avons nommé nooz ah-vohn nohm-ay we named
vous avez nommé vooz ah-vay nohm-ay you named
ils/elles ont nommé eelz/elz ohn nohm-ay they named
  • NOTE: je before a vowel becomes j'

Translation: They are nominating Caroline as director of the company.

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