Dire – Écrire – Lire Conjugation Pattern

3 Irregular French Verbs

with a similar conjugation pattern

Dire, écrire, lire conjugations
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In the present tense, the irregular –re verbs dire (to say, tell), écrire (to write), and lire (to read) are conjugated mostly* according to the same pattern:

1. For singular conjugations (je, tu, il/elle/on), remove –re to find the stem and add the endings.

2. For plural conjugations (nous, vous, ils/elles), the stems are dis, écriv, and lis, respectively.

Endings   Dire   Écrire   Lire
-s   je dis   j’écris   je lis
-s   tu dis   tu écris   tu lis
-t   il dit   il écrit   il lit
-ons   nous disons   nous écrivons   nous lisons
-ez   vous dites*   vous écrivez   vous lisez
-ent   ils disent   ils écrivent   ils lisent

 * Except for the vous form of dire.

 Derivatives (décrire, relire, etc) follow the same pattern.

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