Memorize the few dozen irregular French future and conditional stems.
The passé composé is a compound verb form, which means its conjugation has two components: an auxiliary verb and the past participle of the main verb.
Passé simple conjugations are easy to recognize because, quite frankly, most of them look very strange.
Like compound tenses, the passive voice has two components: some conjugation of être plus a past participle.
The past anterior is the literary equivalent of the past perfect and is usually preceded by a conjunction such as après que or quand.
To give an order for something to be done before something else or by a certain time, you can use the French past imperative.
The past infinitive is conjugated with the infinitive of the auxiliary verb plus a past participle.
Learn how to conjugate the past participle of regular verbs, as well as the past participles of the most common irregular verbs.
The past perfect, aka pluperfect, is conjugated with the imperfect plus past participle.
The past subjunctive is a compound verb form, conjugated with the subjunctive of the auxiliary verb plus the past participle.
The perfect participle is conjugated with the present participle plus the past participle.
The rarest French verb form is the pluperfect subjunctive. It's a literary tense, meaning that it's reserved for formal, written French - mainly literature, but also history and journalism.
The vast majority of French verbs use the nous form of the present tense for their present participles: just drop -ons and add -ant.
The grammatical term "pronominal" means "relating to a pronoun." You already know that conjugated verbs always need a subject pronoun (except in the case of the imperative), but pronominal verbs need a reflexive pronoun as well.
There are several thousand verbs that end in -er, the largest category of regular French verbs. To conjugate them, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate -er verb ending.