Regular "-ER" Verbs in the Present Tense

Formation

For regular "-er" verbs, remove the "-er" ending from the verb and add the appropriate ending.

singular plural
1st-person -e -ons
2nd-person  -es -ez
3rd-person -e -ent


Example Conjugations

parler chanter
je parle
tu parles
il parle
nous parlons
vous parlez
ils parlent
je chante
tu chantes
il chante
nous chantons
vous chantez
ils chantent


Usage

The present tense in French, as its name implies, is used to express what happens and what is true in the present. There are three main ways the present is expressed in English, but all three of these are expressed in French with this simple present.


1. I speak.   This is the simple present in English.
Je parle

2. I do speak.     This is the emphatic present in English.
Je parle

3. I am speaking.     This is the present progressive in English.
Je parle


Notice how all of the above are translated/expressed the same in French? This will take a little getting used to. Some native English speakers tend to forget that the present progressive in English is expressed as the simple present in French.


Example Sentences

Je parle français.     I speak French.
Ils chantent une chanson.
   They are singing a song. / They sing a song.



Commonly Used Regular "-ER" Verbs

The following are commonly used regular -ER verbs. This list is by no means exhaustive.


adorer (to adore)
aider (to help)
aimer (to like)
apporter (to bring)
chanter (to sing)
chercher (to look for)
coùter (to cost)
demander (to ask)
donner (to give)
écouter (to listen)
étudier (to study)
fermer (to close)
habiter (to live)
jouer (to play)
laver (to wash)
marcher (to walk)
montrer (to show)
oublier (to forget)
parler (to speak)
penser (to think)
porter (to carry, to wear)
quitter (to leave)
regarder (to look at, to watch)
rester (to stay)
retourner (to return)
travailler (to work)
trouver (to find)
visiter (to visit)


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