Semi Regular Cer Verbs Conjugation in the Imparfait

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In this French grammar lesson we will learn about semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how semi regular cer verbs in the imparfait are conjugated in French,
  • which verbs are common semi regular cer verbs in French,
  • how semi regular cer verbs in the imparfait are pronounced in French,
  • how semi regular cer verbs in the imparfait are used in sentences in French,
  • how you can immediately test your knowledge on semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait,
  • how semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar if you are curious about how semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait.

Table of Contents

Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugation in the Imparfait

new endingcommencer (to start)
jeçaiscommençais
tuçaiscommençais
il/elle/onçaitcommençait
nousionscommencions
vousiezcommenciez
ils/ellesçaientcommençaient

Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugation Method

In the Imparfait, semi regular cer verbs conjugate in a different way. The “c” is changed to a “ç” to keep the pronunciation soft.

This is done to all forms EXCEPT the nous and vous form.

So, in order to conjugate semi regular cer verbs in the imparfait one must:

  1. Take the nous form of a verb in the Present Tense
  2. Drop the -çons ending
  3. Add the new ending

The verb commencer means “to start/to begin”.

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

  1. commençons

The nous form of the verb commencer is commençons.

  1. commen

Once you cut of the çons ending all that is left is commen.

  1. commençais

When we add the new ending (çais) the final conjugated form will be commençais.

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

Je commençais

So, to conjugate semi regular cer verbs in the imparfait, all you have to do is take the nous form a verb in the present tense, drop the ending, and replace it with the new ending.

commencer-> je commençais

financer -> nous financions

Common Semi Regular cer Verbs

French has three regular verb groups

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

Semi-regular -cer 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:

annoncerto announce
avancerto move forward
commencerto start
effacerto erase
financerto finance
influencerto influence
lancerto throw
menacerto threaten
placerto place
renoncerto give up

Pronunciation of Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugations

In this section on semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait. we will focus on pronunciation.

There is 1 important rule to take into account when we want to pronounce the semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait..

  1. The jetuil/elle/on, and ils/elles form all have the same pronunciation. The s, t, and ent don’t get pronounced.

Je commençais

Tu commençais

Il commençait

Ils commençaient

All of these VERBS have the same pronounciation.

This rule holds true for all of the semi regular cer verbs.

Example Sentences with Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugation in the Imparfait

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

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of semi regular cer verbs conjugation in the imparfait through examples.

annoncer

Je l’annonçais chaque matin.

I used to announce that every morning.

avancer

Tu avançais sans travailler pour cela.

You were advancing without working for it.

commencer

Paul commençait à se sentir ignoré.

Paul was beginning to feel ignored.

financer

Nous financions beaucoup de ces projets.

We used to finance a lot of these projectes.

influencer

Vous l’influenciez avec ces images.

You were influencing him with those images.

lancer

Ils lançaient des boules de neige.

They were throwing snowballs.

Test Your Knowledge on Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugation in the Imparfait

It’s not enough just to read the article on this subject.

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 do 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. There’s no limit to it!

Anki File for Semi Regular cer Verbs Conjugation in the Imparfait

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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