On the previous page, you learned how to conjugate to be in French. Now it’s time to learn how to conjugate ER Verbs.
Did you know that -er verbs represent 90% of the verbs? And that this category is the very, very easy one! So it’s definitely worth your time to learn how to identify and conjugate them!
So let me explain how the verb conjugation works for -er verbs with this Audio lesson. And you’ll see that it’s actually easy to learn how to speak French!
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1. How to identify French er verbs or the first conjugation pattern?
As soon as you see verb forms ending in -er such as écouter, changer, jouer, visiter… This form of the verbs ending in er indicates that the verbs belong to the first group of regular verbs.
The form of the verb ending in -er is called the infinitive.
In English an infinitive is a verb preceded by the word “to” such as to listen, to change, to play, to visit…
The infinitive needs to be conjugated to identify the tense and the person of the verb.
2. How to conjugate -er verbs for forming the present tense?
In French, -er verbs share a conjugation pattern:
e for je, es for tu, e for il/elle, ons for nous, ez for vous, ent for ils/elles.
► You first need to remove the infinitive ending (-er). The new form of the verb is then called the stem (a verb without its ending).
► Add the appropriate endings required for each person of the verb.
PARLER (TO SPEAK)
Je parle (I speak)
Tu parles (You speak)
Il parle (He speaks)
Elle parle (She speaks)
Nous parlons (We speak)
Vous parlez (You speak)
Ils parlent (They speak)
Elles parlent (They speak )
Note that the endings (-e, -es, -e, and -ent) are all silent.
The only endings that are pronounced are the nous (-ons) and the vous (-ez) endings.