Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense (Le Présent)

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.

Prendre which means “to take” 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 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 prendre conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

This is one of 5 groups of -re Verbs conjugation in French.

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

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.

The verb prendre means “to take”.

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.

There are 2 important usages for 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.

Prendre and Its Derivatives

VerbsMeaning
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 them in action in the example sentence chapter.

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 we want to pronounce a prendre conjugation in the present tense in French.

  1. The je, tu, and il/elle/on form all have the same pronunciation. The ds, and d are not pronounced. Also, the e has a shorter prononuciation.

Je prends

Tu prends

Il prend

All these VERBS have the same exact pronunciation.

  1. In the ils/elles form one does not pronounce the ent. Also the e has a longer more drawn out pronunciation.

Ils prennent

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

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.

Anki File for Prendre Conjugation in the Present Tense

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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