Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugation [+5 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn about the regular ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugation.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how regular -ir verbs are conjugated in French,
  • the regular -ir verbs in French,
  • how regular -ir verbs are pronounced in French,
  • how regular -ir verbs are used in sentences in French,
  • how you can quiz yourself on regular -ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugations
  • how regular -ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about the regular ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugation!

Table of Contents

Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugation Table

avoir imparfait
j’avaisparticip passé
tuavaisparticip passé
il/elle/onavaitparticip passé
nousavionsparticip passé
vousaviezparticip passé
ils/ellesavaientparticip passé

Regular -ir Verbs Conjugation Method

This section will show you how regular -ir verbs are conjugated in the plus-que-parfait.

There is a two step method that will make everything very easy for you.

In order to conjugate verbs that end with -ir in the plus-que-parfait one must:

  1. Conjugate avoir in the imparfait
  2. Add the particip passé of the -ir verb

The verb choisir means “to choose” in English.

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

  1. avais

Avoir in the plus-que-parfait is avais.

  1. choisi

The particip passé of choisir is choisi.

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

J’avais choisi

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:

choisirto choose
finirto finish
grandirto grow up
investirto invest
réfléchirto think/to reflect
réussirto succeed

Pronunciation of Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugations

There is 1 important rule to take into account, when you want to pronounce regular ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugations.

  1. The je, tu, il/elle/on and ils/elles form have the same pronunciation for the verb and the particip passé.

J’avais choisi

Tu avais choisi

Il avait choisi

Ils avaient choisi

Example Sentences with Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on regular ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugations is about seeing the verb in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on regular ir verbs plus-que-parfait conjugations through examples.


J’avais fini mes devoirs quand tu m’as appelé.

I had finished my homework when you called me.


Tu avais choisi de vivre ici avec papa.

You had chosen to live here with Dad.


J’ai été heureux d’apprendre qu’il avait réussi son examen.

I was happy to hear that he had passed his exam.


Est-ce que vous l’aviez déjà puni ?

Had you ever punished him?


Ils avaient beaucoup investi dans cette entreprise, mais elle n’a jamais fait de bénéfices.

They had invested a lot in this company, but it never made any profit.

Quiz Yourself on Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugations

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 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.

Anki File for Regular ir Verbs Plus-Que-Parfait Conjugations

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 B2, you can practice every French B2 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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