French Conjugation

French conjugation is the creation of derived forms of a French verb from its principal parts by inflection. French verbs are conventionally divided into three conjugations (conjugaisons) with the following grouping:

  • 1st group: verbs ending in -er (except aller).
  • 2nd group: verbs ending in -ir, with the gerund ending in -issant.
  • 3rd group:
    • 1st section: verbs ending in -ir, with the gerund ending in -ant.
    • 2nd section: verbs ending in -oir.
    • 3rd section: verbs ending in -re.
    • aller

The first two groups follow a regular conjugation, whereas the third group follows an irregular one. The third group is considered a closed-class conjugation form, meaning that most new verbs introduced to the French language are of the first group (téléviser, atomiser, radiographier), with the remaining ones being of the second group (alunir).

The verb aller is the only verb ending in -er belonging to the third group.

Read more about French Conjugation:  Moods and Tenses, Auxiliary Verbs, verbs">First Group Verbs (-er Verbs), Second Group Verbs (-ir Verbs / Gerund Ending in -issant), Inflectional Endings of The Three Verb Groups

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