Lire Conjugation in the Present Tense [+6 Examples]

lire conjugation in the present tense

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how lire is conjugated in French
  • how lire is used in French
  • how lire has derivatives in French
  • how lire is pronounced in French
  • how lire is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on lire conjugation in the present tense
  • how lire 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 lire conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

Lire Conjugation in the Present Tense

jelis
tulis
il/elle/onlit
nouslisons
vouslisez
ils/elleslisent

Usage of Lire

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

Lire means “to read” and is an irregular verb.

The way that lire is used in French, is similar to how “to read” is used in English.

J’aime lire.

I love to read.

Lire and Its Derivatives

élireto elect
relireto reread

There are two important verbs that are derived from lire, they are élire, and relire. They are conjugated in the same way as lire.

You can see how they are used in the example sentences.

Perhaps you are wondering why there is a seperate lesson for this and one for dire, seeing as they are quite similar.

Dire and its derivatives also follow a similar conjugation pattern in the present tense.

However, when the passé composé is used they differ.

For that reason these are placed in seperate lessons.

J’aime lire.

I love to read.

Je l’ai lu hier.

I read this yesterday.

In the passé composé lire has an u ending.

Je voudrais dire ce que j’en pense.

I would love to say what I think about this.

Hier, je lui ai dit la vérité.

Yesterday I told her the truth.

In the passé compose dire has an it ending.

The passé composé is an A2 topic, so please don’t worry too much about not understanding it properly.

All you need to know, for now, is that there’s a valid reason for these two verbs to have their own lesson.

Pronunciation of Lire Conjugations

In this section on lire 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 lire conjugation in the present tense.

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

Je lis

Tu lis

Il lit

These verbs are pronounced in the same exact way.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

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

Ils lisent

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

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

Example Sentences with Lire Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on lire conjugation in the present tense is about seeing lire in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of lire conjugation in the present tense through examples.

J’aime lire.

I love to read.

Tu relis ton discours ?

Are you rereading your speech?

On doit élire un nouveau président.

We need to elect a new president.

Écrivez-nous, nous lisons et répondons à tous les courriels.

Write to us, we read and respond to all emails.

Nous élisons aujourd’hui notre premier ministre.

We are electing our prime minister today.

Ceux qui n’ont pas compris relisent tout le paragraphe.

Those who did not understand, re-read the whole paragraph.

Quiz Yourself on Lire 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: LireJ’aime .

I love to read.
Conjugate: RelireTu ton discours ?

Are you rereading your speech?"
Conjugate: LireÉcrivez-nous, nous et répondons à tous les courriels.

Write to us, we read and respond to all emails.
Conjugate: Élire"Nous  aujourd’hui notre premier ministre.

We are electing our prime minister today."
Conjugate: Relire"Ceux qui n’ont pas compris  tout le paragraphe.

Those who did not understand, re-read the whole paragraph."

Anki File for Lire 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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