Present tense – Verbs like TAIRE – Formation

le monde, taire

Les journaux taisent certains faits.

Verbs like TAIRE – Present tense

How do they work? How are they conjugated?

For verbs like TAIRE, take off the –RE off the infinitive form to get the root. Note the one –s (/Z/ sound) in the plural forms.

  • je/j’ (I) –s
  • tu (you sing.) –s
  • elle (she) t
  • il (he) t
  • on (we inf.) t
  • nous (we form.) sons
  • vous (you pl.) sez
  • ils (they m.) sent
  • elles (they f.) sent
je tais
tu tais
elle tait
il/ça tait
on tait
nous taisons
vous taisez
ils taisent
elles taisent

In context

  1. Il tait la vérité à sa mère. .... He doesn’t tell his mother the truth.
  2. Les journaux taisent certains faits. .... The papers aren’t revealing all the facts.


Two verbs in this category for you to know

  1. se taire .... to be quiet
  2. taire .... to not reveal, to not say/mention


Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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