In French verbs are conjugated depending on their subject (I, you, his, her, we, they, etc.).
Most verbs groups (verbs ending in -er, -ir, -re) follow a certain rule to be conjugated. Every time you conjugate them depending on their subject, the verbs all follow the same rule depending on the group they are in.
Manger (to eat)
All verbs ending in -er end in the conjugations listed above depending on the subject you use. If you want to say “you eat” you would say “Tu manges”.
On top of conjugating the verbs depending on their subject, you must also conjugate them depending on their tense (past, present, future, and a few other ones).
Irregular verbs are verbs that do not follow the traditional rules of conjugation.
In an earlier post I showed you the verb avoir (to have). This verb is irregular as it doesn’t follow any conjugation rules.
For irregular verbs memorization is key!
Now that I have begun conversing in French, I need to conjugate every verb accordingly in m head before I speak it. When I get to an irregular verb, memorizing the conjugation have come in handy!
(Note: the whole conjugation process in speaking is easier than you may think. It is just a habit that needs to be practiced!)
Many of the most common things you will say contain irregular verbs. Pouvoir (to be able to/can), aller (to go), vouloir (to want) are some irregular verbs.
Conjugation of these 3 verbs:
Sentences you will use that use these irregular verbs:
I can eat lots of food.- Je peux manger beacoup de la nourriture.
Can you come tomorrow?- Est-ce que tu peux venir demain?
We want to eat now.- Nous voulons manger maintenent.