"There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ER, -IR "
There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ER, -IR, -RE; stem-changing; and irregular. Once you've learned the rules of conjugation for each of the first three kinds of verbs, you should have no problem conjugating regular verbs in each of those categories. The smallest category of regular French verbs -RE verbs - see the next page for a list of some common -RE verbs. The verb form that ends in -RE is called the infinitive (in English, the infinitive is the verb preceded by the word "to"), and -RE is the infinitive ending. The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -RE verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings in the table below. French regular -RE verb conjugations To conjugate an -RE verb in the present tense, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate endings. For example, here are the present tense conjugations for the regular -RE verbs descendre (to descend), perdre (to lose), and vendre (to sell): Pronoun Ending descendre > descend- perdre > perd- vendre > vend- je -s descends perds vends tu -s descends perds vends il - descend perd vend nous -ons descendons perdons vendons vous -ez descendez perdez vendez ils -ent descendent perdent vendent Regular -RE verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. Previous French regular -RE verbs are a small group of French verbs which share a conjugation pattern. Here are the most common regular -RE verbs: attendre to wait (for) défendre to defend descendre to descend entendre to to hear étendre to stretch fondre to melt pendre to hang, suspend perdre to lose prétendre to claim rendre to give back, return répandre to spread, scatter répondre to answer vendre to sell