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Ch 6: French Verb Tenses & Conjugation

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The French Verb Tenses & Conjugation chapter of this Basic French: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master French verb tenses and conjugation. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of French verb tenses and conjugation.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to conjugate different types of verbs in French
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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a French verb tenses and conjugation unit of a standard basic French course. Topics covered include:

  • French language rules for conjugating ER and IR verbs
  • Conjugation techniques for reciprocal and reflexive verbs
  • Passe compose, reflexive, and negative reflexive verbs
  • Understanding French verb tenses
  • Future, future simple, and irregular future tense verbs
  • Conjugating negative imperative French verbs

30 Lessons in Chapter 6: French Verb Tenses & Conjugation
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French Verb Tenses

1. French Verb Tenses

While French may look intimidating from the number of tenses, each one has a definite purpose. Best of all, there are five literary tenses that you only need to know about rather than memorize!

Passive Voice in French

2. Passive Voice in French

Did the chicken lay the egg, or was the egg laid by the chicken? In order to find out, we need to look at the passive voice. In French, as in English, this is an important grammatical construction to understand agency.

Perfect Tense in French

3. Perfect Tense in French

In this lesson, learn how to talk about things you did in the past using the perfect tense. We discuss which verbs are paired with etre and avoir, how to form the past participle, and rules for gender, number, and direct objects.

The French Subjunctive

4. The French Subjunctive

This lesson discusses the formation of the subjunctive mood. The subjunctive is far more frequently used in French than in English. It can express desires, emotions, necessities, and doubts, among other things.

Past Tense in French

5. Past Tense in French

This lesson describes the two main tenses used in French to talk about the past- the passé composé and the imparfait. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

Present Tense in French

6. Present Tense in French

The present tense is not only the first tense you are likely to learn, but it's also one of the most used tenses in the French language. This lesson describes the tense, provides conjugations of all regular verbs, and introduces two common irregular verbs.

How to Conjugate ER Verbs in French

7. How to Conjugate ER Verbs in French

This lesson examines the conjugation pattern of regular -er verbs in French in the present tense, as well as the pronunciations of the different endings. A short quiz to test your knowledge follows this lesson.

How to Conjugate IR Verbs in French

8. How to Conjugate IR Verbs in French

Verbs are action words--things that we do. In French, verbs must be conjugated. In this lesson, you will read about verb conjugation and learn the conjugation pattern for -IR verbs. You will also learn some common -IR verbs.

How to Conjugate RE Verbs in French

9. How to Conjugate RE Verbs in French

In French, verbs have sets of endings. This lesson introduces you to the endings for verbs that end in -RE. You will learn several -RE verbs, such as 'vendre' (to sell), 'perdre' (to lose), and 'attendre' (to wait.)

Reciprocal Verbs in French

10. Reciprocal Verbs in French

Reciprocal verbs are used in French to indicate that an action is being performed by two or more people, to each other. While reciprocal verbs and reflexive verbs are very similar, this lesson will highlight the main difference between the two. It will also provide you with a list of some of the most common reciprocal verbs in French.

French Reflexive Verbs & Passe Compose

11. French Reflexive Verbs & Passe Compose

In this lesson, you will learn about reflexive verbs and how to conjugate them in the passé composé tense. Reflexive verbs are used to describe actions done to oneself. They can describe routine actions, movements or even emotions.

How To Conjugate Reflexive Verbs in French

12. How To Conjugate Reflexive Verbs in French

This lesson introduces reflexive verbs in French. In English, you say 'my name is...' but in French you say 'I call myself...' You will learn some of the most common French reflexive verbs used to talk about your daily life.

Negative Reflexive Verbs in French

13. Negative Reflexive Verbs in French

This lesson will show you how to make French reflexive verbs negative. You'll learn some common reflexive verbs and you'll discover how to say you 'don't do' or 'never do' these actions.

Negative Imperative in French

14. Negative Imperative in French

You may have already learned how to make commands in French, but in his lesson, we will explore how to make negative commands. Read on to learn about negative imperative in French.

How to Form the Future Tense in French

15. How to Form the Future Tense in French

There are many different ways to express the future tense in French. In this lesson, we look at four of them, seeing how each version plays a nuanced role in the language.

Simple Future Tense in French

16. Simple Future Tense in French

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate French verbs in the simple future tense, which is one of the simplest tenses in French. We will provide you with a few tricks to make it even simpler! Ready? Ok, let's go back to the future, or, as we say in French, 'retour vers le futur!'

Irregular Future Verbs in French

17. Irregular Future Verbs in French

It's in human nature to look ahead. In this lesson, we give you the resources to talk about your tomorrows, particularly using those pesky irregular verbs.

Passe Compose: How-To & Examples

18. Passe Compose: How-To & Examples

The passe compose is one way to indicate you are talking about the past in French. Based on the conjugation of an auxiliary verb and a past participle, the passe compose is also one of the most used tenses in French.

Etre Verbs & Passe Compose

19. Etre Verbs & Passe Compose

This lesson will introduce the 17 verbs that use the helping verb of être in the passé composé, and discuss the use of number and gender agreement with these verbs.

Conditional Tenses in French

20. Conditional Tenses in French

WOULD you like to learn how to say you would like to do something in French? The conditional tense talks about what you 'would' or 'would not' do and is formed very easily in French. Would you like to learn more? Then read on.

Imperative in French

21. Imperative in French

This lesson discusses the formation and use of the imperative mood. The imperative is used to express order, command or advice. While the imperative forms of a verb are the same as the regular present tense forms, there are some specifics that we will present in this lesson.

L'Imparfait in French

22. L'Imparfait in French

This lesson will teach you about the imparfait, or imperfect, tense. We will discuss what it is used for and how to conjugate it, and you will explore a list of some irregular verbs.

Near Future Tense in French

23. Near Future Tense in French

In this lesson, we will learn about the near future tense in French, which is one of the simplest and most practical tenses in French. We will see in what context we use it, and how to form a sentence in this tense. We will furthermore see some examples of using it in sentences.

Past Participle Agreement in French

24. Past Participle Agreement in French

This lesson will introduce you to the French past participle, its conjugations and the different contexts in which it is used: in the passé composé, as an adjective and in the passive voice. Learn the agreement rules for each context.

Plus-Que-Parfait in French

25. Plus-Que-Parfait in French

This lesson will introduce you to the conjugation and uses of the plus-que-parfait. You will learn when to use the plus-que-parfait, as well as the different types of conjugations.

Regular French Verbs

26. Regular French Verbs

Learning verbs can be easy. French verbs can be put into two categories: regular -er, -ir, -re and irregular. In this lesson, we'll be looking at regular French verbs, how to conjugate them in the present tense, and some key verbs to know in everyday conversation.

French Verbs: Transitive & Intransitive

27. French Verbs: Transitive & Intransitive

In this lesson, we will learn the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs. This will help us to construct sentences more accurately in French, especially in the past tense.

French Modal Verbs

28. French Modal Verbs

Modal verbs are very useful verbs for speaking French. Here you'll learn which verbs are modals, how to conjugate them, and how to use them with other verbs.

French Gerunds

29. French Gerunds

In this lesson, we will learn about French gerunds, words that end in 'ant' and are used to express an action related to a verb. We will discuss how to form gerunds from verbs, as well as how to use them.

French Simple Past Tense

30. French Simple Past Tense

The French simple past is worth knowing if you want to read a large portion of French literature. Here you'll learn the main endings for the simple past so that you can recognize it and gain a better understanding of how it is used.

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