Connaître Conjugation in the Present Tense [+6 Examples]

connaître conjugation in the present tense

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In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about connaître conjugation in the present tense.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how connaître is conjugated in French
  • how connaître is used in French
  • how connaître has derivative verbs
  • how connaître is pronounced in French
  • how connaître is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on connaître conjugation in the present tense
  • how connaître conjugation in the present tense Anki files can be downloaded

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know all about connaître conjugation in the present tense.

Table of Contents

Connaître Conjugation in the Present Tense Table

jeconnais
tuconnais
il/elle/onconnaît
nousconnaissons
vousconnaissez
ils/ellesconnaissent

Usage of Connaître

This section on connaître conjugation in the present tense will show you how connaître is used in French.

The verb connaître means “to know”.

There is 1 important rule to know when you want to use connaître.

Connaître is always followed by a noun (e.g. people, places, and things).

Je connais Tom.

I know Tom.

Tu connais Paris?

Do you know Paris?

Elle connaît beaucoup de choses sur les fleurs.

She knows a lot about flowers.

Derivatives of Connaître: -aître Verbs

apparaître to appear
disparaîtreto disappear
paraîtreto appear/to seem
reconnaître to recognise

As you can see, the group of -aître verbs has a few important verbs that you should be aware of.

All of these verbs are conjugated in the same way.

You can see some of them in action in the example sentences chapter.

The -aitre verbs fall in the sixth group of the -re verbs

Pronunciation of Connaître

In this section on connaître conjugation in the present tense we will focus on pronunciation.

There are 2 important rules to take into account when you want to pronounce a connaître conjugation in the present tense in French.

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -s andt endings are not pronounced. In this case, it is just the “connai/connaî” part that gets pronounced.

Je connais

Tu connais

Il connaît

All these verbs have the same exact pronunciation.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

  1. In the ils/elles verb form, you don’t pronounce the -ent ending. In this case, it is just the “connaiss” part that gets pronounced.

Ils connaissent

The last letter that is pronounced is the “s“.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

Example Sentences with Connaître Conjugation in the Present Tense

The final section of this lesson on connaître conjugation in the present tense is about seeing it in action, so you can improve your understanding on connaître conjugation in the present tense through example sentences.

Here are some example sentences that show how connaître is used French.

Je connais Tom.

I know Tom.

Tu connais Paris?

Do you know Paris?

Elle connaît beaucoup de choses sur les fleurs.

She knows a lot about flowers.

Les vieilles coutumes continuent de disparaître.

Old customs keep disappearing.

Nous reconnaissons vos formidables réalisations.

We recognize your amazing accomplishments.

Les gens ne sont pas toujours ce qu’ils paraissent être.

People are not always what they seem.

Quiz Yourself on Connaître Conjugation in the Present Tense

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Conjugate: ConnaitreJe Tom. [I know Tom.]

 
Conjugate: ConnaitreElle beaucoup de choses sur les fleurs. [She knows a lot about flowers.]
Conjugate: DisparaîtreLes vieilles coutumes continuent de . [Old customs keep disappearing.]
Conjugate: Reconnaître  Nous vos formidables réalisations. [We recognize your amazing accomplishments.]
Conjugate: Apparaître  Les gens ne sont pas toujours ce qu’ils être. [People are not always what they seem.]

Anki File for Connaître Conjugation in the Present Tense

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson so that you can better remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1, you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

You can also choose to just get the Anki File for French A1 Verbs. This only has the verbs for French A1.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or if you don’t know what Anki is, then please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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