Learners of foreign languages will often cite their greatest difficulty, or at least their most frustrating one, as the conjugation of verbs, due to the vast number of changes and transformations that occur throughout the tenses and that need to be committed to memory. French is no exception to this tedium, containing five verb forms (-ER, -IR, -RE, stem-changing and irregular) that need to be learned and constantly revised before fluency can be achieved. Verbs are important for all elements of speech, including the formation of questions, and are therefore of particular importance to even those interested in only learning a language to a rudimentary level, perhaps for purposes of travel. Thankfully, regular -ER, -IR, and -RE verbs follow a pattern that greatly simplifies the process of their conjugation, and this is the method that I intend on exploring:
Verb: A verb is, quite simply, a doing-word, or anything that describes an action. When you run, jump, dance, skip, hop, crawl and sing you are performing actions, and therefore each of these words, along with countless others, are verbs.
Pronouns: This is a word that refers to the participant in a conversation, for example: I or you. Verb conjugation in French involves five pronouns:
- Je - I
- Tu – You (informal/singular)
- Il/Elle – He/She
- Nous - We
- Vous –You (formal/plural)
- Ils/Elles - They
NB: The vous form should be used on formal occasions and/or when speaking to members of authority, to those older and who therefore require respect, and to strangers or acquaintances. Similarly, when you get essay and referring to a group of people, elles can only be used if no males are present.
Stem and ending: French verbs are broken up into stems and endings and it is through this division that a pattern of conjugation can be devised https://domywriting.com/research-paper-service/ . The stem encompasses all letters that precede the endings of either -ER, -IR or -RE, depending on which category of verb is being studied. Looking at the extremely common regular -ER verb of Parler (To Speak), we can separate the infinitive ending, -ER, from the stem, parl. When conjugating regular verbs in the present tense, you always keep the stem, replacing the ending with different letters that subscribe to a pattern
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