GCSE FRENCH TENSES

Essential French Tenses for GCSE Students (also applicable for any levels)

Present, Past, Future Tenses

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THE PRESENT TENSE (-er Verbs)

-er VERBS

REGARDER = to watch

You take away the -er and add the endings as shown below:

Je regarde

Tu regardes

Il/elle regarde

Nous regardons

Vous regardez

Ils/elles regardent

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THE PRESENT TENSE (-ir Verbs)

-ir VERBS

CHOISIR= to choose

You take away the -ir and add the endings as shown below:

Je choisis

Tu choisis

Il/elle choisit

Nous choisissons

Vous choissez

Ils/elles choissent

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THE PRESENT TENSE (-re Verbs)

-re VERBS

ATTENDRE= to wait

You take away the -re and add the endings as shown below:

Je attends

Tu attends

Il/elle attend_

Nous attendons

Vous attendez

Ils/elles attendont

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THE PAST TENSE (REGULAR -er verb AVOIR)

-er VERBS

PARLER= to speak

You take away the -er and add é

Je parlé

Tu parlé

Il/elle parlé

Nous parlé

Vous parlé

Ils/elles parlé

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THE PAST TENSE (REGULAR -ir verb AVOIR)

-ir VERBS

FINIR= to finish

You take away the -ir and add i

Je fini

Tu fini

Il/elle fini

Nous fini

Vous fini

Ils/elles fini

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THE PAST TENSE (REGULAR -re verb AVOIR)

-re VERBS

RÉPONDRE= to answer

You take away the -re and add u

Je répondu

Tu répondu

Il/elle répondu

Nous répondu

Vous répondu

Ils/elles répondu

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THE FUTURE TENSE (-er and -ir Verbs)

-er VERBS and -ir VERBS

DANSER=to dance / SORTIR =to go out

You take away the -er or -ir and add the following endings:

Je danserai /sortirai

Tu danseras / sortiras

Il/elle dansera / sortira

Nous danserons / sortirons

Vous danserez / sortirez

Ils/elles danseront / sortiront

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THE FUTURE TENSE (-re Verbs)

-re VERBS

PRENDRE= to take

Take off the -eand add the following endings:

Je prendrai

Tu prendras

Il/elle prendra

Nous prendons

Vous prendez

Ils/elles prendont

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THE PAST TENSE (IRREGULARS - Verb ÊTRE 1)

The verb être is used as the auxiliary verb with certain action verbs and also with reflexive verbs (doing to yourself).

The past participle must 'agree with' who did the action. So if the person was female you must add an extra -e to the end of the past participle: e.g. elle est partie - she left.

Je suis

Tu es

Il/elle est

Nous sommes

Vous êtes

Ils/elles sont

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THE PAST TENSE (IRREGULARS - Verb ÊTRE 2)

Use the correct part of the verb être with the following verbs.
To remember them, learn the first letter of each word:
MRS VAN DE TRAMP

monter - to go up - monté(e)(s)
rester - to stay - resté(e)(s)
sortir - to leave - sorti(e)(s)

venir - to come - venu(e)(s)
aller - to go - allé(e)(s)
naître - to be born - né(e)(s)

descendre - to go down - descendu(e)(s)
entrer - to enter / go in - entré(e)(s)

tomber - to fall - tombé(e)(s)
retourner - to return - retourné(e)(s)
arriver - to arrive - arrivé(e)(s)
mourir - to die - mort(e)(s)
partir - to leave - parti(e)(s)

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