Present tense – Verbs like CONNAITRE – Formation

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Elles connaissent bien le 5ième.

Verbs like CONNAITRE – Present tense

How do they work? How are they conjugated?

For verbs like CONNAÎTRE, take off the –TRE off the infinitive form – not just the –RE – to get the root. Note the –ss in the plural forms. Also note the “accent circonflexe” over the Î and the T in the elle/il/on forms.

  • je/j’ (I) –s
  • tu (you sing.) –s
  • elle (she) ît
  • il (he) ît
  • on (we inf.) ît
  • nous (we form.) ssons
  • vous (you pl.) ssez
  • ils (they m.) ssent
  • elles (they f.) ssent
je connais
tu connais
elle connaît
il/ça connaît
on connaît
nous connaissons
vous connaissez
ils connaissent
elles connaissent

In context

  1. Il la connaît. .... He knows her.
  2. Elles connaissent bien le 5ième. .... They know the 5th arrondissement really well.

Verbs in this category for you to know

  1. apparaître .... to appear
  2. connaître  .... to know
  3. disparaître .... to disappear
  4. naître .... to be born
  5. paraître .... to seem, to appear
  6. reconnaître .... to recognize

Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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