Different types of verbs in French
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The 3 groups of verbs in French conjugation
1rst group of verbs (-ER)
All the verbs that end with –ER belong to the 1rst group.
There is one exception: the verb ALLER (to go), it belongs to the 3rd group, this is an irregular verb.
Manger (to eat) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je mange = I am eating - I eat
Parler (to talk-to speak) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je parle = I am speaking - I speak
Chanter (to sing) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je chante = I am singing - I sing
2nd group of verbs (-IR)
All the verbs of the 2nd group end in –IR.
All verbs whose present participle is -issant belong to the 2nd group.
Finir → finissant
Grandir → grandissant
Nourrir → nourrissant
Atterrir → atterrissant
The verb courir (to run) belongs to the 3rd group.
The present participle is en courant, it’s not
Finir (to finish) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je finis = I am finishing- I finish
Grandir (to grow) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je grandis = I am growing up - I grow up
Atterrir (to land) - Présent de l'indicatif
J'atterris = I am landing - I land
3rd group of verbs
Here are the ends of the verbs that belong to the 3rd group: -IR, -DRE, -TRE, -OIR, -CRE
Courir (to run) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je cours = I am runing - I run
Prendre (to take) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je prends = I am taking - I take
Mettre (to put) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je mets = I put
Vouloir (to want) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je veux = I want
Vaincre (to overcome-to beat) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je vaincs = I overcome - I win
The verb ALLER (to go), it belongs to the 3rd group, this is an irregular verb.
Aller (to go) - Présent de l'indicatif
Je vais = I am going - I go
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