Regular er Verbs Conjugation in the Present Tense [+8 Examples]

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how regular er verbs are conjugated in French
  • the common regular er verbs in French
  • how regular er verbs are pronounced in French
  • how regular er verbs conjugation is used in sentences in French
  • how regular er verbs conjugation Anki files can be downloaded
  • how you can quiz yourself on regular er verbs conjugation

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 regular er verbs conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

Regular er Verbs Conjugation Table

new endingparler (to speak)
jeeparle
tuesparles
il/elle/oneparle
nousonsparlons
vousezparlez
ils/ellesentparlent

Regular er Verbs Conjugation Method

There is a three-step method that will make conjugating regular er verbs very easy for you.

In order to conjugate verbs that end with -er in the present tense one must:

  1. Find the infinitive (full verb)
  2. Cut off the -er
  3. Add the new ending (e, es, e, ons, ez, ent)

In the conjugation table above you can see the verb parler which means to “to speak” in English.

We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three-step method.

  1. parler

The full verb of “to speak” is parler in French.

  1. parl

Once you cut of the er ending all that is left is parl.

  1. parle

When we add the new ending e, the final conjugated form will be parle.

So when you wish to say “I speak” in French you get:

Je parle

Common Regular er Verbs

French has three regular verb groups

  • regular -er verbs
  • regular -ir verbs
  • regular -re verbs

The regular er verbs group is the biggest and most useful group. Most French verbs fall in this group.

Here is a list of common verbs that you are sure to encounter in day-to-day life:

aimerto like/to love
chercherto look for
commanderto order/to command
couperto cut
danserto dance
demanderto ask
étudierto study
habiterto live
mangerto eat
regarderto watch
tomberto fall
travaillerto work
visiterto visit (a place)

Pronunciation of Regular er Verbs

In this section on regular er verbs conjugation, we will focus on pronunciation.

There are 3 important rules to take into account when you want to pronounce regular verbs that end with -er in French.

  1. The je, tu, il/elle/on, and ils/elles form all have the same pronunciation. The e, es, and ent endings are not pronounced.

Je parle

Tu parles

Il parle

Ils parlent

All these verbs have the same exact pronunciation.

The last letter that you will hear is the “l“.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

  1. 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 this with an apostrophe.

aimer

Jaime

Because the “e” of “je” disappeared, you then don’t have to pronounce that “e” anymore.

Please note how it is NOTje aime“. This would be wrong.

  1. If the first letter of the verb is a vowel or a silent “h“, then we must perform a liason. 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.

aimer

Nous aimons

Vous aimez

Ils aiment

Please note how the final “s” in all of the subject pronouns sounds like a “z”

Example Sentences with Regular er Verbs Conjugation

The final section of this lesson on regular er verbs conjugation is about seeing the verbs in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of regular er verbs conjugation through examples.

manger

Je mange tout

I am eating everything

parler

Tu sais, j’aime comment tu parles.

You know, I like how you talk.

regarder

Il regarde la télévision.

He is watching TV.

aimer

Elle aime beaucoup le gâteau.

She really likes cake.

chercher

Qu’est-ce qu’on cherche ?

What are we looking for?

commander

Nous commandons la plus grande armée d’Italie.

We command the largest standing army in Italy.

danser

Vous dansez admirablement, M. Bond.

You dance beautifully, Mr Bond.

couper

Viens, ils coupent le gâteau.

Come, they’re cutting the cake.

Quiz Yourself on Regular er Verbs Conjugation

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: MangerJe tout. [I eat everything.]
Conjugate: RegarderIl la télévision. [He is watching TV.]

 
Conjugate: AdorerNous la plage. [We love the beach.]
 
Conjugate: Travailler-vous dans un bureau ? [Do you work in an office?]
Conjugate: CouperViens, ils le gâteau. [Come, they are cutting the cake.]

Anki File for Regular er Verbs Conjugation

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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