Related Terms to Know

Remember to familiarize yourself with the following terms as they will greatly enhance your understanding of verb tenses in French. Practice using them in context and pay attention to their usage in different situations.
  1. Tense (Temps): In French grammar, a tense refers to the different time frames used to indicate when an action takes place. Each tense has specific conjugation rules and is used to express different temporal relationships.
  2. Present Tense (Présent): The present tense is used to describe actions that are happening now or actions that happen regularly. It is one of the most commonly used tenses in French.
  3. Past Tenses (Passé): The past tenses in French, such as the passé composé, imparfait, and plus-que-parfait, are used to describe actions that have already happened in the past. Each past tense has its specific use and conjugation rules.
  4. Future Tense (Futur): The future tense is used to express actions that will happen in the future. It is formed by adding specific endings to the infinitive form of the verb.
  5. Conditional Tense (Conditionnel): The conditional tense is used to express hypothetical situations, polite requests, or actions that depend on certain conditions. It is formed by adding specific endings to the infinitive form of the verb.
  1. Subjunctive Mood (Subjonctif): The subjunctive mood is used to express uncertainty, doubt, possibility, or subjective opinions. It is often used in dependent clauses introduced by certain conjunctions or expressions.
  2. Imperative Mood (Impératif): The imperative mood is used to give commands or make requests. It is primarily used in the second-person singular and plural forms.
  3. Infinitive (Infinitif): The infinitive is the base form of the verb, often preceded by “to” in English. It is used in various verb constructions and can function as a noun, adjective, or adverb.
  4. Conjugation (Conjugaison): Conjugation refers to the changing of verb forms to match the subject, tense, mood, and other grammatical factors. Each verb in French has its specific conjugation pattern.