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Present tense – Verbs like LIRE – Formation

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Ils lisent les nouvelles.

Verbs like LIRE – Present tense

How do French verbs like LIRE work?

Verbs like LIRE have a /Z/ sound (only one S) in the plural forms. These are the endings added to the stem, which is the verb without –RE.

  • 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

In context

  1. Elle lit le roman. .... She’s reading the novel.
  2. Nous lisons la recette. .... We’re reading the recipe.
  3. Ils lisent les nouvelles. .... They’re reading the news.

 

Verbs in this category for you to remember

  1. conduire .... to drive a vehicule, to conduct
  2. détruire .... to destroy
  3. élire .... to elect
  4. nuire .... to harm
  5. re/construire .... to build/again
  6. re/lire  .... to read/again
  7. suffire .... to be enough
  8. traduire .... to translate

 

Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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