Common Mistakes

Mistakes in Using Third Group Verbs:

  1. Mistake: Incorrect conjugation of “aller” in the present tense.

    Explanation: Many new French learners mistakenly conjugate “aller” as “j’alle” instead of “je vais.” This mistake stems from treating “aller” as an ER-verb of the first group, disregarding its actual classification in the third group.
  2. Mistake: Failure to recognize patterns in third group verbs.

    Explanation: Some learners overlook the existence of patterns in the conjugations of third group verbs, despite their irregularity. For example, they may struggle to identify similarities and regularities among various IR verbs in the third group, leading to difficulties in conjugation.

    Example: Instead of recognizing that verbs like “partir” (to leave), “sortir” (to go out), and “dormir” (to sleep) follow similar conjugation patterns, learners may mistakenly assume that each verb requires a unique conjugation. This misconception hinders their ability to effectively conjugate these verbs in different tenses and moods.
  3. Mistake: Inadequate adaptation to the irregular conjugations of third group verbs in the future tense.

    Explanation: When conjugating third group verbs in the future tense, learners often struggle to adapt to the irregular stem changes. For instance, instead of saying “je savrai,” the correct form is “je saurai.” It is essential to familiarize oneself with the specific irregularities of these verbs to conjugate them accurately.