Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense [+9 Examples & Quiz]

prendre conjugation in the present tense

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how prendre is conjugated in French
  • how prendre is used in French
  • how prendre has derivative verbs
  • how prendre is pronounced in French
  • how prendre is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on prendre conjugation in the present tense
  • how to practice with flashcards on prendre conjugation in the present tense
  • 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 prendre conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense Table

jeprends
tuprends
il/elle/onprend
nousprenons
vousprenez
ils/ellesprennent

Usage of Prendre

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

Prendre means “to take”, and is an irregular verb.

Prendre is a verb with a lot of meanings. However the most important ones will be mentioned in this lesson.

As you move onto higher levels the other meanings will be explained.

For now, there are 2 important usages of prendre.

  1. Prendre can be used as “to take” in a literal way.

Je prends mon livre avec moi.

I’m taking my book with me.

  1. Prendre can also be used as “to take” in a figurative way.

Je prends ma santé au sérieux.

I take my health seriously.

Derivatives of Prendre

apprendreto learn
comprendreto understand
entreprendreto undertake
reprendre to take back
surprendreto suprise

As you can see, prendre has a few important derivatives that you should be aware of.

All of these derivatives are conjugated in the same way.

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

These verbs fall in the second group of the -re verbs.

Pronunciation of Prendre

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

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

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -nds and -nd endings are not pronounced. In this case, it is just the “pre” part that gets pronounced. Also, the “e has a shorter pronunciation.

Je prends

Tu prends

Il prend

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 “prenn” part that gets pronounced. Also, the “e has a longer pronunciation.

Ils prennent

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

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

Example Sentences with Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense

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

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

Je prends mon livre avec moi.

I’m taking my book with me.

Je prends ma santé au sérieux.

I take my health seriously.

Je prends le risque.

I’ll take the risk.

Depuis quand apprends-tu le français ?

Since when are you learning French?

Il comprend bien le cœur du problème.

He understands the core of the problem well.

Elle prend une douche.

She is taking a shower.

Nous prenons souvent le déjeuner ensemble.

We often have lunch together.

Vous prenez le train ?

Are you taking the train?

Ils prennent le thé à cinq heures.

They have tea at five o’clock.

Quiz Yourself on Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense

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.

Conjugate: PrendreJe mon livre avec moi. [I’m taking my book with me.]
Conjugate: ApprendreDepuis quand -tu le français ? [Since when are you learning French?]
Conjugate: ComprendreIl bien le cœur du problème. [He understands the core of the problem well.]
Conjugate: PrendreElle une douche. [She is taking a shower.]
Conjugate: PrendreVous le train ? [Are you taking the train?]

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