In this French grammar lesson, you will learn about regular ir verbs conjugation in the present tense.
In this lesson you will learn about:
- how regular ir verbs are conjugated in French
- the common regular ir verbs in French
- how regular ir verbs are pronounced in French
- how regular ir verbs conjugation is used in sentences in French
- how you can quiz yourself on regular ir verbs conjugation
- how to practice with flashcards on regular ir 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 ir verbs conjugation in the present tense!
Table of Contents
Regular ir Verbs Conjugation Table
|new ending||choisir (to choose)|
Regular ir Verbs Conjugation Method
There is a three-step method that will make conjugating regular ir verbs very easy for you.
In order to conjugate verbs that end with -ir in the present tense one must:
- Find the infinitive (full verb)
- Cut off the -ir
- Add the new ending (is, is, it, issons, issez, issent)
In the conjugation table above you can see the verb choisir which means to “to choose” in English.
We will take this verb and conjugate it in the “je” form using the three-step method.
The full verb of “to choose” is choisir in French.
Once you cut off the ir ending all that is left is chois.
When we add the new is ending, the final conjugated form will be choisis.
So when you wish to say “I choose” in French you get:
Common Regular ir Verbs
French has three regular verb groups
- regular -er verbs
- regular -ir verbs
- regular -re verbs
The regular -ir verbs group is the second biggest group. Many French verbs fall in this group.
Here is a list of common verbs that you are sure to encounter in day-to-day life:
|grandir||to grow up|
|réfléchir||to think/to reflect|
Pronunciation of Regular ir Verbs
In this section on regular -ir verbs conjugation we will focus on pronunciation.
There are 4 important rules to take into account when you want to pronounce regular verbs that end with -ir in French.
- The je, tu, and il/elle/on verb forms all have the same pronunciation. The -s and –t endings are not pronounced. In this case, it is just the “choisi” part that gets pronounced.
These verbs are all pronounced in the same exact way.
The last letter that you hear is the “i“,
You don’t pronounce the letters in red.
- In the ils/elles verb form, you don’t pronounce the -ent ending. In this case, it is just the “choisiss” part that gets pronounced.
The last letter that you hear is the “s“.
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 this 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 investis“. This would be wrong.
- If the first letter of the verb is a vowel or a silent “h“, then we 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 ir Verbs Conjugation
The final section of this lesson on regular ir verbs conjugation is about seeing the verbs in action.
This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of regular ir verbs conjugation through examples.
Je choisis Oberyn pour mon champion.
I choose Oberyn as my champion.
À quelle heure finis-tu ton travail ?
What time do you finish work?
On sait qu’elle grandit vite.
We know that she is growing up fast.
C’est pourquoi nous investissons dans l’armée.
That is why we are investing in the military.
Un esprit actif montre que vous réfléchissez.
An active mind shows you’re thinking.
Je voudrais qu’ils réussissent tous.
I would like to see them all succeed.
Quiz Yourself on Regular ir 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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