Semi-regular ger Verbs Conjugation in The Present Tense [+6 Examples]

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how semi-regular ger verbs are conjugated in French
  • the common semi-regular ger verbs in French
  • how semi-regular ger verbs are pronounced in French
  • how semi-regular ger verbs is used in sentences in French
  • how semi-regular ger verbs conjugation Anki files can be downloaded
  • how you can quiz yourself on semi-regular ger 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 semi-regular ger verbs conjugation in the present tense!

Table of Contents

Semi-regular ger Verbs Conjugation Table

new endingvoyager (to travel)
jeevoyage
tuesvoyages
il/elle/onevoyage
nousgeonsvoyageons
vousezvoyagez
ils/ellesentvoyagent

Semi-regular ger Verbs Conjugation Method

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

In order to conjugate semi-regular ger verbs in the present tense one must:

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

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

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

  1. voyager

The full verb of “to travel” is voyager in French.

  1. voya

Once you cut of the ger ending all that is left is voya.

  1. voyageons

When we add the new ending geons the final conjugated form will be voyageons.

So if you wish to say “we travel” you’d say:

Nous voyageons

In French some verbs change in the “nous” form in order to make it easier to pronounce them.

The “g” becomes “ge” before the letter “o”.

This is done in order to keep the soft g sound before the a/o/u vowels.

Common Semi-regular ger Verbs

French has three regular verb groups

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

Semi-regular -ger verbs are a variation on regular -er verbs. That is why the endings are so similar.

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

bougerto move
changerto change
corrigerto correct
déménagerto move (out of a house)
exigerto demand
encouragerto encourage
mangerto eat
partagerto share
protégerto protect

Pronunciation of Semi-regular ger verbs

In this section on semi-regular -ger verbs conjugation we will focus on pronunciation.

There are 3 important rules to take into account when we want to pronounce semi-regular -ger verbs in French.

  1. 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 “voyag” part that gets pronounced.

Je voyage

Tu voyages

Il voyage

Ils voyagent

All these verbs have the same exact pronunciation.

You don’t pronounce the letters in red.

  1. The “ge” in the nous form will have a soft pronounciation

Nous voyageons

Please note the soft “ge” sound.

  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.

exiger

Jexige

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

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

  1. 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.

exiger

Nous exigeons

Vous exigez

Ils exigent

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

Example Sentences with Semi-regular ger Verbs

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

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

bouger

Désolé, je bouge un peu lentement

Sorry. I’m moving a little slow

changer

Et maintenant tu changes de sujet.

And now you’re changing the subject.

corriger

Il corrige une erreur

He corrects a mistake

déménager

Nous déménageons à Paris

We’re moving to Paris

encourager

Vous nous encouragez à poursuivre sur cette voie.

You encourage us to continue along this path.

manger

Ils sont là et mangent des frites.

They are there and eating french fries.

Quiz Yourself on Semi-regular ger 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: BougerDésolé, je un peu lentement. [Sorry. I’m moving a little slow.]
Conjugate: CorrigerIl une erreur. [He corrects a mistake.]
Conjugate: DéménagerNous à Paris. [We are moving to Paris.]
Conjugate: EncouragerVous nous à poursuivre sur cette voie. [You encourage us to continue along this path.]
Conjugate: MangerIls sont là et des frites. They are there and eating french fries.

Anki File for Semi-regular ger 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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