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)|
Listen to these -DRE verbs in Le Présent:
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:
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.
Here is a list of the main irregular -DRE verbs that DON'T follow this pattern:
- peindre / craindre / joindre Conjugate verbs in -aindre, -eindre, -oindre in Le Présent (present tense)