Present tense – Verbs like LIRE – Formation

le monde, lire

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

. French podcast, French vocabulary, French grammar, French culture, about French about France .

Post your comment about this right down here at ‘Leave a Reply’.

You like it? Please share it. Merci.

Comments are closed.



ALWAYS STAY SIGNED IN to access all of your worksheets in one click.

Petite vidéo

Cliquez pour voir
La Bretagne