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Conjugate regular -dre verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

To conjugate regular verbs ending in -dre in Le Présent (Present Tense) take the infinitive of the verb and replace the -re ending with the endings shown below:

 

  Ending vendre (to sell) descendre (to go down)
Je  -s vends descends
Tu  -s vends descends
Il/elle/on  - vend descend
Nous  -ons vendons descendons
Vous  -ez vendez descendez
Ils/elles  -ent vendent descendent

Listen to these -DRE verbs in Le Présent:

Je réponds au téléphone.
I answer the phone.

Tu entends cette musique?
Do you hear that music?

Il descend au sous-sol.
He's going down to the basement.

Nous le rendons.
We're giving it back.

Vous attendez le docteur ?
Are you waiting for the doctor?

Mes chiens ne mordent jamais.
My dogs never bite.



Pronounciation guide

Note the three singular forms endings (-ds / -ds / -d) are silent.
Therefore, all three forms of a same verb are pronounced the same.  

Note also that the -ent ending for ils/elles is also silent. However, you will pronounce the "d" at the end.

-> Here are two examples for you to hear the difference:  

Il vend sa voiture.
He's selling his car.


Elles vendent leurs légumes sur le marché.
They sell their vegetables on the market.



Grammar jargon

The infinitive of the verb is the unconjugated verb e.g. jouer (to play) as opposed to a conjugated form like je joue (I play)

The stem of the infinitive is the part before the -er, -ir, or -re ending.

 

ATTENTION:
Here is a list of the main irregular -DRE verbs that DON'T follow this pattern:

- prendre     Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

coudre     Conjugate coudre in Le Présent (present tense)

peindre / craindre / joindre   Conjugate verbs in -aindre, -eindre, -oindre in Le Présent (present tense)

 

 

 

 

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Examples and resources

Tu entends cette musique?
Do you hear that music?


Mes chiens ne mordent jamais.
My dogs never bite.


Il descend au sous-sol.
He's going down to the basement.


Vous attendez le docteur ?
Are you waiting for the doctor?



Je réponds au téléphone.
I answer the phone.


Nous le rendons.
We're giving it back.


Elles vendent leurs légumes sur le marché.
They sell their vegetables on the market.


Ils vendent des DVDs.
They sell DVDs.


J'attends le train.
I'm waiting for the train.


Il vend sa voiture.
He's selling his car.


Q&A

Rene

Kwiziq community member

20 April 2018

0 replies

L'ancienne pronociation

Je suis curieux. Savez-vous si le "ds" et le "d" se prononçait auparavant, dans l'ancienne pronociation française ?

Olivia

Kwiziq community member

16 April 2018

1 reply

Why was the translation of On attend le bus, We wait for the bus and not One waits for the bus?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 April 2018

16/04/18

Hi Olivia,


the French "on" is very commonly used to mean "we" in spoken French. So much so that it is often more frequently used than the proper "nous", particularly in colloquial French. 


In the sentence you quote, one would, strictly speaking, need more context to make a definitive decision. 


-- Chris (not a native speaker).


 

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