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6.9: Structure - Verbes réguliers en -RE et mettre

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    In this section, you will learn about regular -re verbs and the verb mettre

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    On étudie !

    You have already learned regular -er and -ir verbs. Now we will look at a third group, regular -re verbs. Here is the example of attendre:

    Conjugaison du verbe attendre (to wait [for], expect)
    Singulier Pluriel
    j’attends nous attendons
    tu attends vous attendez
    il, elle, on attend ils, elles attendent

    The -d at the end of the stem attend- is only pronounced in the plural forms (nous, vous, ils, elles). Notice also that attendre is a faux ami of the English word to attend.

    Other common regular -re verbs are:

    Français Anglais Exemples
    entendre to hear Est-ce que tu entends la musique ?
    descendre to descend, go down, get out of a vehicle Il descend de l'autobus.
    perdre to lose, waste Nous perdons souvent les clés.
    rendre to give back Je rends les livres à la bibliothèque.
    répondre to respond Elle répond à la question.
    tondre to mow Marc tond le gazon.
    vendre to sell Ils vendent des tacos au marché.
    défendre to defend La mère défend à ses enfants de dire des grossièretés.
    mordre to bite Les profs ne mordent personne. Ils sont accessibles.



    If you forget how to conjugate a verb, you can always go to or There you will also find any other verbs that conjugates in the same way.

    The verb mettre (to put [on]) is an irregular -re verb that conjugates like attendre except that the t before the -re is dropped in the singular forms:

    Conjugaison du verbe mettre (to put [on])
    Singulier Pluriel
    je mets nous mettons
    tu mets vous mettez
    il, elle, on met ils, elles mettent


    Study the Quizlet vocabulary flashcards. Listen and repeat the French pronunciation.

    Je mets un manteau quand il neige. (I put on a coat when it snows.)

    Il mettent leurs livres sur la table. (They put their books on the table.)

    Other verbs that end with -mettre are conjugated in the same ways. These include: permettre (to permit), promettre (to promise), soumettre (to submit), remettre (to put back, turn in) and admettre (to admit)

    On pratique !

    Activité A


    1. Je__________________(réponds, mets, descends) au téléphone.
    2. Tu__________________(entends, attends, tonds) le bus au coin de la rue ?
    3. Vous________________(attendez, rendez, entendez) cette belle musique ?
    4. Julie_________________(attend, tond, descend) le gazon.
    5. Le sommelier_________________(descend, perd, rend) à la cave.
    6. Mes voisins_________________(entendent, perdent,rendent) toujours leurs clés.

    Activité B

    Qu'est-ce que tu fais ? Demander les uns aux autres si vous faites ces activités.

    Modèle : apprendre à jouer du piano ➔

    Étudiant(e) 1 : Est-ce que tu apprends à jouer du piano ?

    Étudiant(e) 2 : Non, je n'apprends pas à jouer du piano.

    1. rendre les devoirs au professeur
    2. permettre aux autres d'utiliser ta voiture
    3. perdre souvent tes clés
    4. promettre de faire les devoirs pour le cours de français
    5. mettre la table pour dîner
    6. entendre la musique des voisins
    7. répondre toujours au téléphone
    8. mettre un masque médical en public

    Activité C

    Go to this Canadian government website and read the section called: "Comment mettre un masque non médical ou un couvre-visage".

    1. List all the body parts you recognize.
    2. List all the reflexive verbs you read
    3. How do you say "to touch" in French?
    4. What is another way to say medical mask in French?
    5. According to the website, you should wash your hands for how many seconds?

    On approfondit !

    Ressources en ligne

    Use the following resources to type accents and/or search for words:

    • Accents: ç, à, é, è, â, ê, î, ô, û, ù, ë, ï, ü 
    • Dictionnaire français-anglais

    Exercice 1 : verbes en -RE (3e groupe)

    Exercice 2 : verbes en -RE (3e groupe)

    Exercice 3 : verbes en -RE (3e groupe)

    Exercice 4 : verbe 'mettre'

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