Have a look at how regular verbs ending in -dre conjugate in Le Présent (Indicatif).
Learn how to conjugate VENDRE (to sell) and MORDRE (to bite) in Le Présent (Indicatif) in French
|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 Le Présent (Indicatif), remember to :
- Remove the -re ending to the infinitive form
- Add the correct endings
Listen to these -dre verbs :
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:
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.
Here is a list of the main irregular -dre verbs that don't follow this pattern:
- prendre Conjugate prendre and derivatives in the present tense in French (Le Présent)
- coudre Conjugate coudre in the present tense in French (Le Présent)
- peindre / craindre / joindre Conjugate verbs in -aindre/-eindre/-oindre in the present tense in French (Le Présent)
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