In this French grammar lesson you will learn about -eler verbs conjugation in the present tense.
In this lesson you will learn about:
- how -eler verbs are conjugated in French
- the common –eler verbs in French
- how -eler verbs are pronounced in French
- how -eler verbs are used in sentences in French
- how you can quiz yourself on -eler verbs conjugation
- how to practice with flashcards on -eler verbs conjugation
- how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French
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 -eler verbs conjugation in the present tense!
Table of Contents
-eler Verbs Conjugation Table
|new ending||appeler (to call)|
-eler Verbs Conjugation Method
There is a four-step method that will make conjugating -eler verbs very easy for you.
In order to conjugate -eler verbs in the present tense one must:
- Find the infintive (full verb)
- Cut off the -er ending
- Add the new ending (e, es, e, ons, ez, ent)
- Add an extra “l” EXCEPT for the nous and vous form
In the conjugation table above you can see the verb appeler which means “to call” in English.
We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the four-step method.
The full verb of “to call” is appeler in French.
Once you cut off the er ending all that is left is appel.
When we add the new e ending, it becomes appele.
However, because it is an eler verb you have to add an extra l.
So if you wish to say “I call” you’d say:
In French, some verbs end with -eler such as appeler.
When we conjugate appeler we have to double the letter “l” for all forms EXCEPT the nous and vous form.
In those cases there will just be one “l”.
Common -eler Verbs
French has three regular verb groups
- regular -er verbs
- regular -ir verbs
- regular -re verbs
-eler verbs are a variation on regular -er verbs. That is why the endings are so similar.
Here is a list of common verbs that you are sure to encounter in day-to-day life:
|rappeler||to remind/to call back|
Pronunciation of -eler Verbs
In this section on -eler verbs conjugation, we will focus on pronunciation.
There are 4 important rules to take into account when you want to pronounce -eler verbs in French.
- The je, tu, il/elle/on, and ils/elles verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -e, –es, and -ent endings are not pronounced. In this case, it is just the “rappell” part that gets pronounced. The “e” has a short sound.
These verbs are all pronounced in the same exact way.
You don’t pronounce the letters in red.
- In the nous and vous form the “e” has a longer drawn out sound.
Please note the longer “e” sound.
- In the je form, there’s a special rule. If the first letter of the verb is a vowel or a silent “h“, then you must remove the “e” of “je” and replace it with an apostrophe.
Because the “e” of “je” disappeared, you then don’t have to pronounce that “e” anymore.
Please note how it is NOT “je épelle“. This would be wrong.
- If the first letter of the verb is a vowel or a silent “h“, then you must perform a liaison. This happens in the nous, vous, and ils/elles form. This means that the final “s” of nous, vous, and ils/elles will have a “z” sound.
Please note how the final “s” in all of the subject pronouns sounds like a “z”
Example Sentences with -eler Verbs
The final section of this lesson on –eler verbs conjugation is about seeing the verbs in action.
This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of -eler verbs conjugation through examples.
J’appelle pour accepter ton invitation.
I’m calling to accept your invitation
Comment épelles-tu ce mot ?
How do you spell that word?
Mais, il rappelle aussi des souvenirs tristes
But, it also reminds me of some sad memories
Dans cet espoir, nous renouvelons notre engagement.
In this hope, we renew our commitment.
Comment vous épelez votre nom Marine?
How do I spell your name, Marine?
Les clients ont souvent des attentes irréalistes quand ils appellent.
Often customers have unrealistic expectations when they call.
Quiz Yourself on -eler Verbs Conjugation
At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.
You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.
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.
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