Lire Conjugation in the Present Tense (Le Présent)

lire conjugation in the present tense

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

Lire which means “to read” in English is an irregular verb, and an important verb in the French language. Therefore it warrants its own lesson.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how lire is conjugated in French,
  • how lire is used in French,
  • how lire has derivative verbs ,
  • how lire is pronounced in French,
  • how lire is used in sentences in French,
  • how lire conjugation 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 how lire fits in French A1 grammar.

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 is used in French as “to read”.

J’aime lire.

I love to read.

Lire and Its Derivatives

VerbsMeaning
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.

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 we want to pronounce a lire conjugation in the present tense.

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on form all have the same pronunciation. The s, and t are not pronounced.

Je lis

Tu lis

Il lit

All these VERBS have the same exact pronunciation

  1. In the ils/elles form one does not pronounce the ent.

Ils lisent

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

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, reread the whole paragraph.

Anki File for Lire Conjugation

It is important to do the Anki excercises 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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