Present Participle Conjugations

Conjugaisons du participe présent

French present participle
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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…

  nouspresent participle
-er verbsdonnerdonnonsdonnant
-ir verbschoisirchoisissonschoisissant
-re verbsperdreperdonsperdant
stem-changingappelerappelonsappelant
irregular verbsvoirvoyonsvoyant

There are only three exceptions:

verbpresent participle
avoirayant
êtreétant
savoirsachant

 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  s’habiller 
se souvenantremembering s’habillantgetting dressed
en me souvenantupon remembering en t’habillantwhile you were getting dressed
en nous souvenant  en vous habillant 
  
Quiz: Present participles

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