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

Have a look at how regular verbs ending in -dre conjugate in Présent indicatif

  new ending vendre (to sell) mordre (to bite)
Je  -s Je vends Je mords
Tu  -s Tu vends Tu mords
Il/elle/on  - Il/elle/on vend Il/elle/on mord
Nous  -ons Nous vendons Nous mordons
Vous  -ez Vous vendez Vous mordez
Ils/elles  -ent Ils/elles vendent Ils/elles mordent

To conjugate -dre verbs in Présent indicatif, remember to :

- Remove the -re ending to the infinitive form

- Add the correct endings

Listen to these -dre verbs :

Je vends ma vieille console.
I'm selling my old console.

Tu vends des DVDs.
You sell DVDs.

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

Est-ce que vous vendez des adaptateurs internationaux ?
Do you sell international adapters?

Nous vendons un peu de tout.
We sell a bit of everything.

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

Pronunciation 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 more examples for you to hear the difference:  

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.

Grammar jargon

The infinitive of the verb is the unconjugated verb - jouer (to play) - as opposed to a conjugated form 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

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


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


Je vends ma vieille console.
I'm selling my old console.



J'attends le train.


I'm waiting for the train.


Tu entends cette musique?
Do you hear that music?


Nous vendons un peu de tout.
We sell a bit of everything.


Tu vends des DVDs.
You sell DVDs.


Est-ce que vous vendez des adaptateurs internationaux ?
Do you sell international adapters?


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


Nous le rendons.
We're giving it back.


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


Mes chiens ne mordent jamais.
My dogs never bite.


Je réponds au téléphone.
I answer the phone.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 6 answers

ParitoshB1Kwiziq community member

The correct spelling is "Pronunciation guide".

In this lesson and many others, one of the sub-sections is titled "Pronounciation guide", however, the correct spelling should be "Pronunciation guide" (in American English, as well). Kindly correct this (and everywhere, if you can).

Asked 1 month ago
MarieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paritosh,

Thanks for flagging this up, it has now been corrected!

CécileKwiziq team member

Thanks for pointing out this typo, Paritosh, it has now been fixed...

ParitoshB1Kwiziq community member

You are most welcome and thank you, too!

The correct spelling is "Pronunciation guide".

In this lesson and many others, one of the sub-sections is titled "Pronounciation guide", however, the correct spelling should be "Pronunciation guide" (in American English, as well). Kindly correct this (and everywhere, if you can).

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ClaudiaA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Salut a tous

In the listening: Est-que vous vendez des adaptateurs internationaux

Vendez   sounds strange.

Asked 6 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Claudia !

The audio has now been fixed :)

Merci et bonne journée !

CécileKwiziq team member

Merci, Claudia, flagged up!

Salut a tous

In the listening: Est-que vous vendez des adaptateurs internationaux

Vendez   sounds strange.

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ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

L'ancienne pronociation

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

Asked 1 year ago

L'ancienne pronociation

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

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OliviaC1Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

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).

 

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

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