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Conjugate verbs in -aindre/-eindre/-oindre in the present tense in French (Le Présent)

Among -DRE verbs, there is a group that behaves irregularly in Le Présent, but which follows the same pattern: the verbs in -AINDRE, -EINDRE and -OINDRE.

Learn how to conjugate CRAINDRE (to fear), PEINDRE (to paint) and JOINDRE (To join) in Le Présent (Indicatif) in French

CRAINDRE (to fear) PEINDRE (to paint) JOINDRE (to join)
je crains je peins je joins
tu crains tu peins tu joins
il/elle/on craint il/elle/on peint il/elle/on joint
nous craignons nous peignons nous joignons
vous craignez vous peignez vous joignez
ils/elles craignent ils/elles peignent ils/elles joignent


Others verbs following this pattern include:

rejoindre (to meet up)

contraindre (to force)

se plaindre (to complain)

éteindre (to turn off / to switch off)

dépeindre (to depict)

feindre (to feign)

geindre (to whimper)


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Examples and resources

Il geint beaucoup.He whimpers a lot.
Nous peignons ensemble.We paint together.
Tu nous rejoins plus tard.You're meeting us later.
Vous joignez vos forces.You join forces.
Je me plains rarement.I rarely complain.
Ils craignent pour leurs vies.They fear for their lives.
I'll be right with you...