Conjugate conduire and other -uire verbs in Le Passé Simple

Look at these examples of -UIRE verbs in Le Passé Simple:

Cette nuit-là, je conduisis pendant des heures.
That night, I drove for hours.

Après qu'il fut parti, tu détruisis toutes ses affaires.
After he left, you destroyed all his things.

Rimbaud produisit ses poèmes les plus célèbres avant l'âge de 20 ans.
Rimbaud produced his most famous poems before the age of 20.

Cette année-là, nous traduisîmes toute l'œuvre de Baudelaire en anglais.
That year, we translated all the work of Baudelaire in English.

Vous séduisîtes cette jeune femme naïve.
You seduced this naïve young woman.

Les Égyptiens construisirent les magnifiques pyramides.
The Egyptians built the magnificent pyramids.



Note that -UIRE verbs have an irregular stem in Le Passé Simple: -uis-, followed by the regular 'i' endings (-is, -is, -it, -îmes, -îtes, -irent).


List of -UIRE verbs:  

produire  (to produce)
reproduire  (to reproduce)
conduire  
(to drive, to conduct)
reconduire  (to drive back, to renew)
déduire  (to deduct, to deduce)
introduire  
(to introduce)
traduire  (to translate)
séduire  (to seduce)
réduire  
(to reduce)

construire  (to build, to construct)
reconstruire  
(to rebuild)
détruire  
(to destroy)

nuire  (to harm, to cause damage)

cuire  (to cook, to bake)

 

EXCEPTION with "luire": 

The verb luire (to glow/to glisten) and its derivatives (reluire...) accept 2 conjugations:

- the regular one:  je luisis, tu luisis, il luisit, nous luisîmes, vous luisîtes, ils luisirent

- and the irregular one: je luis, tu luis, il luit, nous luîmes, vous luîtes, ils luirent

 

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Examples and resources

Vous séduisîtes cette jeune femme naïve.
You seduced this naïve young woman.


Cette année-là, nous traduisîmes toute l'œuvre de Baudelaire en anglais.
That year, we translated all the work of Baudelaire in English.


Rimbaud produisit ses poèmes les plus célèbres avant l'âge de 20 ans.
Rimbaud produced his most famous poems before the age of 20.


Cette nuit-là, je conduisis pendant des heures.
That night, I drove for hours.


Après qu'il fut parti, tu détruisis toutes ses affaires.
After he left, you destroyed all his things.


Les Égyptiens construisirent les magnifiques pyramides.
The Egyptians built the magnificent pyramids.


Q&A

Ian

Kwiziq community member

23 August 2017

1 reply

Conjugation of 'luire' in the passé simple

I have checked the rule and your answer does not follow the rule. Therefore I checked conjugation tables for luire which support the notion that your answer is incorrect, and that the correct answer was not present. According to these conjugation tables Luire in the passé simple has these conjugations: je luisis tu luisis il luisit "Now the city would fall into the 3rd category 3rd person singular and so the correct answer is surely luisit - Ian

Ron

Kwiziq community member

23 August 2017

23/08/17

Bonjour Ian,
I reread the lesson and it certainly points out the following:
EXCEPTION with "luire":
The verb luire (to glow/to glisten) and its derivatives (reluire...) accept 2 conjugations:
- the regular one: je luisis, tu luisis, il luisit, nous luisîmes, vous luisîtes, ils luisirent
- and the irregular one: je luis, tu luis, il luit, nous luîmes, vous luîtes, ils luirent
However, I am not finding the question which includes a city using luire. Perhaps you can copy the phrase and resubmit your question.
Bonne chance.

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