Conjugate semi-regular -cer verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

In French, to preserve the soft c in front of vowels a/o/u, we use ç.
This rule applies to verbs ending in -cer when they are conjugated.
In Présent indicatif, it only affects the nous form of the verb, because of the ending -ons.

Have a look at the verb LANCER (to throw) in Présent indicatif:

je

lance

tu

lances

il / elle / on     

lance

nous

lançons 

vous

lancez

ils/elles

lancent

Other -cer verbs include :

relancer (to throw back)
placer (to place)
commencer (to begin)
prononcer (to pronounce)
menacer (to threaten)
pincer (to pinch)
etc

Have a listen to these examples:

Je te menace.
I'm threatening you.

À quelle heure tu commences ?
What time do you start?

Mon fils pince souvent sa sœur.
My son often pinches his sister.

Nous lançons la balle.
We're throwing the ball.

Comment placez-vous vos invités ?
How are you seating your guests?

Ils sucent encore leur pouce.
They're still sucking their thumbs.

 

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Nous lançons la balle.
We're throwing the ball.


Je te menace.
I'm threatening you.


Nous commençons à apprendre le français.
We begin to learn French.


Mon fils pince souvent sa sœur.
My son often pinches his sister.


À quelle heure tu commences ?
What time do you start?


Comment placez-vous vos invités ?
How are you seating your guests?



Ils sucent encore leur pouce.
They're still sucking their thumbs.


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