2 The basic form of a verb is called the infinitive The basic form of a verb is called the infinitive. An infinitive is a verb NOT conjugatedêtre is an infinitiveMany French infinitives end in –ertravaillerparlerregarder??Infinitives like parler and regarder follow a predictable pattern when conjugated.They are called REGULAR VERBS
3 parler parl- voyager voyag- The present tense forms of -er verbs consist of two parts:STEM + ENDINGThe STEM does not change when you conjugate. It is the infinitive minus -er:parler parl voyager voyag-The ENDINGS depend on the subject. They vary as follows:The above endings in red are silent.je-enous-onstu-esvous-ezilelleilselles-ent
4 Try to conjugate a verb… think of your stem… then the endings parler =jenoustuvousilelleilselles
5 Conjugated verb… parler = to speak je parle nous parlons tu parles vousparlezilelleilsellesparlent
6 A few hints on pronunciation and stuff… Je becomes j’ before a vowel sound.je parle j’aimeNote the liaison when the verb begins with a vowel sound:Nous étudions.Vous invitez Thomas.Observation When the infinitive of the verb ends in -ger, the nous form ends in -geons.nager: nous nageonsmanger: nous mangeonsvoyager: nous voyageonszz
7 Some new –er verbs… aimer to like/love habiter à to live (in+city) inviter to inviteorganiser to organizevisiter to visit (a place)
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