Present Participle Conjugations

Conjugaisons du participe présent

The vast majority of French verbs use the nous form of the present tense as the root of their present participles: just drop –ons and add –ant.

Par exemple…

    nous form   present participle
-er verbs donner (to give) donnons   donnant
-ir verbs choisir (to choose) choisissons   choisissant
-re verbs perdre (to lose) perdons   perdant
stem-changing verbs appeler (to call) appelons   appelant
irregular verbs voir (to see) voyons   voyant

There are only three exceptions:

verb present participle
avoir ayant
être étant
savoir sachant

  Some verbs have two different present participles, depending on whether they are used as a verb/gerund or a noun/adjective: learn more.

  The present participle of pronominal verbs includes a reflexive pronoun, which must agree with the grammatical person it refers to:

Par exemple…

se souvenir (to remember)   s’habiller (to get dressed)
se souvenant remembering   s’habillant getting dressed
en me souvenant upon remembering   en t’habillant while you were getting dressed
en nous souvenant     en vous habillant  
Quiz: Present participles

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