French Verbs Are Accessible

Present Tense-

Irregular I R Verbs, Part 2-

In this module we will learn to use in the present tense ouvrir (to open), venir (to come), and a few other verbs that are conjugated like them.

The conjugation of ouvrir is similar to that of regular e r verbs, such as parler and aimer.

ouvrir- English Translation-
j'ouvre- I open, I am opening-
tu ouvres- you (familiar) open, are opening-
il, elle, on ouvre- he, she, one opens, is opening-
nous ouvrons- we open, are opening-
vous ouvrez- you open, are opening-
ils, elles ouvrent- they open, are opening-

Couvrir (to cover) and découvrir (to discover), are conjugated like ouvrir. A couple of examples are je découvre (I discover) and vous découvrez (you discover).

Another irregular verb that is common in French is venir (to come). You may have already seen it used in the expression venir de plus an infinitive, which means to have just done whatever action is expressed in the infinitive. You will notice that this verb has two different stems: one for the singular forms and the third-person plural (je, tu, il, elle, ils, elles ), and another for the first and second person plural forms (nous, vous). Students generally use this verb so often that they soon forget how irregular it is in the present tense.

Listen carefully as your screen reader pronounces the different forms of venir.

venir- English Translation-
je viens- I come, I am coming-
tu viens- you (familiar) come, are coming-
il, elle, on vient- he, she, one comes, is coming-
nous venons- we come, are coming-
vous venez- you come, are coming-
ils, elles viennent- they come, are coming-

Other verbs that are conjugated like venir are: devenir (to become), revenir (to return, come back), tenir (to keep, hold), obtenir (to obtain), and retenir (to keep, hold up, or detain).