Regular ir Verbs Passé Simple Conjugation [+5 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn about the regular ir verbs passé simple 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 used in sentences in French,
  • how you can quiz yourself on regular -ir verbs passé simple conjugations
  • how regular -ir verbs passé simple conjugation Anki files can be downloaded.

Please refer to the French C1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French C1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about the regular ir verbs passé simple conjugation!

Table of Contents

Regular ir Verbs Passé Simple Conjugation Table

j’/jestem of the verbis
tustem of the verbis
il/elle/onstem of the verbit
nousstem of the verbîmes
vousstem of the verbîtes
ils/ellesstem of the verbirent

Regular -ir Verbs Conjugation Method

This section will show you how regular -ir verbs are conjugated in the passé simple.

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

In order to conjugate regular verbs that end with -ir in the passé simple one must:

  1. Find the stem of the verb (verb minus the -ir ending)
  2. Add the new ending (is, is, it, îmes, îtes, irent)

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. chois

The stem of choisir is chois.

  1. choisis

When you add the is ending you get choisis.

So, the je form of choisir in the passé simple is:

je choisis

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

Example Sentences with Regular ir Verbs Passé Simple Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on regular ir verbs passé simple conjugations is about seeing the verbs in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on regular ir verbs passé simple conjugations through examples.


Je finis toujours par rechercher les mêmes mots dans le dictionnaire.

I always end up looking up the same words in the dictionary.


Peu m’importe laquelle tu choisis.

I don’t care which one you choose.


Il dormit huit heures sans interruption.

He slept for eight hours without interruption.


Nous réussîmes à nous extirper de là.

We managed to get out of there.


Ils découvrirent quelque chose.

They descovered something.

Quiz Yourself on Regular ir Verbs Passé Simple 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 Passé Simple 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 C1, you can practice every French C1 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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