French Verbs (ER)
Verbs in French are called “Les Verbes”. In the French language, there are 2 major groups/ infinitive families of verbs:
- Regular verbs (Les verbes réguliers)
- Irregular verbs (Les verbes irréguliers)
The regular verbs are classified into 3 groups because they have formulas that help in their conjugation while the irregular verbs are verbs that do not follow the formulas applied in the group of the regular verb for conjugation.
There are the:
- Verbs that end with ER
- Verbs that end with IR
- Verbs that end with RE
Verbs that end with ER: Causer, Amuser
This group of verbs has a common ending: each infinitive ends in “ER” which is why they are called “ER” verbs.
When conjugating verbs, there are two parts of the verb: the stem and the ending.
To get the stem for “ER” verbs, all you do is remove the “er” at the end of the verb. For example: causer = caus
There are specific endings for each personal pronoun
Note: The pronouns are used to represent nouns because it is easier to learn the conjugations with them
Causer- to chat
When you remove the “er” you get the stem = caus then you add the endings
- Je cause avec Diane
- Ils causent
How do you say: She chats with me? (Leave your answer in the comments)
Amuser — to amuse
When you remove the “er” you get the stem = amus then you add the endings
Note the je changes to j’ in front of a vowel.
- Les enfants amusent le chat
- J’amuse Tanya depuis hier.
How do you say: I am amusing the students?
Not all verbs that end with ER are regular like aller.
Find 2 verbs in this group, conjugate them and give one sentence example for each in the comments.
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