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 you can quiz yourself on regular er verbs conjugation
- how to practice with flashcards on regular er verbs conjugation
- how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French
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 ending||parler (to speak)|
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:
- Find the infinitive (full verb)
- Cut off the -er
- Add the new ending (e, es, e, ons, ez, ent)
In the conjugation table above you can see the verb parler which means “to speak” in English.
We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three-step method.
The full verb of “to speak” is parler in French.
Once you cut of the er ending all that is left is parl.
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:
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:
|aimer||to like/to love|
|chercher||to look for|
|commander||to order/to command|
|visiter||to 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.
- The je, tu, il/elle/on, and ils/elles verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -e, –es, and -ent endings are not pronounced. In this case, it is just the “parl” part that gets pronounced.
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.
- 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 it with an apostrophe.
Because the “e” of “je” disappeared, you then don’t have to pronounce that “e” anymore.
Please note how it is NOT “je aime“. This would be wrong.
- If the first letter of the verb is a vowel or a silent “h“, then you must perform a liaison. 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.
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.
Je mange tout
I am eating everything
Tu sais, j’aime comment tu parles.
You know, I like how you talk.
Il regarde la télévision.
He is watching TV.
Elle aime beaucoup le gâteau.
She really likes cake.
Qu’est-ce qu’on cherche ?
What are we looking for?
Nous commandons la plus grande armée d’Italie.
We command the largest standing army in Italy.
Vous dansez admirablement, M. Bond.
You dance beautifully, Mr Bond.
Viens, ils coupent le gâteau.
Come, they’re cutting the cake.
Quiz Yourself on Regular er Verbs Conjugation
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.
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