Present tense – Verbs like OUVRIR – Formation

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Il ouvre le pot de confiture.

Verbs like OUVRIR – Present tense

How do French verbs like OUVRIR work?

Verbs like OUVRIR have the following endings added to the stem. They are the same endings as regular -ER verbs.

  • je/j’ (I) –e
  • tu (you sing.) –es
  • elle (she) –e
  • il (he) –e
  • on (we inf.) –e
  • nous (we form.) –ons
  • vous (you pl.) –ez
  • ils (they m.) –ent
  • elles (they f.) –ent

In context

  1. Il ouvre le pot de confiture. .... He opens the jelly jar.
  2. Nous offrons toujours un cadeau. .... We always offer a present.
  3. On cueille des fleurs.  .... We are picking flowers.
  4. Elles souffrent du mal du pays. .... They are homesick.


8 verbs in this category for you to start with

  1. accueillir  .... to welcome, to host
  2. couvrir  .... to cover
  3. cueillir .... to pick
  4. découvrir  .... to discover
  5. offrir  .... to offer
  6. ouvrir  .... to open
  7. recouvrir  .... to cover entirely
  8. souffrir  .... to suffer


Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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