Dire – Écrire – Lire Conjugation Pattern

Irregular French Verbs

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

1. For singular conjugations, remove -re to find the stem and add the endings.

2. For plural conjugations, the stems are dis, écriv, and lis, respectively.

* The vous form of dire is irregular.

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

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

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