French verbs in ER (1st group) in the present tense

French lesson 4 of conjugation: French verbs in ER (1st group) in the present tense

Conjugation French verbs in ER (1st group) in the present tense

From the start of your learning of French, it is imperative to learn to conjugate the verbs in ER (1st group) in the present tense. Indeed, the verbs in ER (1st group) are the most used verbs in French, both written and oral. At first, this will allow you to make very simple sentences. The video below will teach you how to conjugate the verbs in ER (1st group) in the present tense in French:


Verbs in ER, also called verbs of the first group, are verbs that end in “ER”. That is to say verbs whose last two letters are "er" like the verbs "parler“ (to speak) and "aimer“ (to like or to love). In the present tense, depending on the subject, the ending of the conjugated verbs will be:

 e, es, e, ons, ez ou ent
Subject form
Subject personal pronoun
Ending
1st person singularJee
2nd person singularTues
3rd person singularIl ou Elle ou One
1st person pluralNousons
2nd person pluralVousez
3rd person pluralIls ou Ellesent

To learn the conjugation of the verbs in ER (verbs of the first group) in the present tense in French according to the personal pronouns subjects (je, tu, il, elle, nous, vous, ils, elles = I, you, he, she, we, you, they), when the teacher says “Je parle”, say “Je parle”, when the teacher says “Tu parles”, say “Tu parles”, when the teacher says “Il parle”, says “Il parle”, etc., until to “Elles parlent”. Same for the verb “ aimer ”, when the teacher says “J’aime”, say “J’aime”, when the teacher says “Tu aimes”, say “Tu aimes”, when the teacher says “Il aime”, say “Il aime”, etc., until to “Elles aimes”. Thus, you will be able to understand well orally (listening) and to pronounce (speaking) the conjugation of the verbs parler (to speak) and aimer (to like or to love) and more broadly verbs in ER in the present tense in French. To do well, watch the video several times, repeating after the teacher. To write and read well this conjugation, copy the list below several times:


For example with the French verb “parler” :


Je parle
Tu parles
Il parle / Elle parle / On parle
Nous parlons
Vous parlez
Ils parlent / Elles parlent


For example with the French verb “aimer” :


J’aime
Tu aimes
Il aime / Elle aime / On aime
Nous aimons
Vous aimez
Ils aiment / Elles aiment


We strongly recommend that you memorize the conjugation of the verbs of the first group in the present tense in French, both orally and in writing.


As the conjugation of the verbs in ER (verbs of the 1st group) varies according to the personal pronoun subject, we recommend that you consult the article on personal pronouns subjects in French. In addition to the written explanations, this article presents an explanatory video on the personal pronouns subject in French.


To learn how to use the verbs of the first group in the present tense in French in context and to learn to make simple sentences with the verbs in ER in the present tense, you can study the French course: learn to talk about your tastes.


Once you have correctly mastered this conjugation lesson for the French verbs in ER (verbs of the first group) in the present tense, you can move on to the next French conjugation lesson:


French conjugation lesson 5: French irregular verbs in ER in the present tense


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