Regular I R Verbs-
We will now learn to conjugate in French several verbs whose infinitives end with the letters i r. Some examples are: finir, choisir, réussir, obéir, réfléchir, and bâtir. In English these verbs mean: to finish, to choose, to succeed, to obey, to think and to build. But what if we want to say or write, I finish, we think, or you choose? This can be done quite easily in French. Note the following examples: je finis, tu choisis, elle réussit, nous obéissons, vous réfléchissez and ils bâtissent. Je choisis may be translated into English in the following ways: I choose, I do choose, I am choosing.
We have already learned that when conjugating a French verb, we always use subject pronouns to clarify who is performing this action: je, tu, il, elle, on, nous, vous, ils and elles are the subject pronouns we use in French.
Here they are in a chart.
|Subject Pronouns-||English Translation-|
|Tu||you (familiar form)|
|Il, elle, on||he, she, one|
Here are the i r verb endings that correspond to each French subject pronoun.
|Subject Pronouns-||I R Verb Endings-|
|Il, elle, on||I T|
|Nous||I S S O N S|
|Vous||I S S E Z|
|Ils, elles||I S S E N T|
Please note that all of the singular endings sound alike, and that the letters e n t in the third-person plural ending are always silent.
Here is the conjugation of choisir, a commonly used i r verb.
|Subject Pronouns-||Conjugation of choisir-|
|Il, elle, on||choisIT|