-ir verbs

-ir verbs

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to tell whether a -ir verb is regular or irregular 
  • Be able to conjugate most -ir verbs in the present tense
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Key Words & Phrases

  • Choisir
  • Réfléchir
  • Réussir

  • appartenir – to belong to
  • contenir – to contain
  • devenir – to become
  • entretenir – to look after, to support
  • maintenir – to maintain
  • obtenir – to obtain
  • parvenir – to reach, to achieve
  • prévenir – to warn
  • retenir – to retain
  • soutenir – to support
  • souvenir – to remember


Regular -ir verbs

Regular -ir verbs

Irregular -ir verbs (up to 7.10)


Lawless French: Regular -ir verbs

Lawless French: Irregular -ir verbs

Agir en français: All -ir verbs


Céline’s Easy French: Regular -ir verbs

Français Immersion: Regular -ir verbs

Rachèle DeMéo: Regular and irregular -ir verbs

Emilie Talpin: Verbs like “sortir”


ThoughtCo: Regular -ir verbs

Love Learning Languages: regular -ir verbs

Ohlala I speak French: Regular -ir verbs

Ohlala I speak French: Irregular -ir verbs


Tex’s French Grammar: practice regular -ir verbs 

Tex’s French Grammar: practice “partir”, “sortir”, and “dormir”

CCSF: practice regular -ir verbs

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

Write at least five questions using -ir verbs you would ask to your pen pal Antoine, try to choose some regular and some irregular verbs. Do not focus too much on the meaning of the questions, as long as they are grammatically correct!

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

Ask your French-speaking partner the questions you wrote in the previous exercise, and listen carefully to their answers. Then, ask your partner to come up with questions using -ir verbs for you, and try to answer them.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Practice conjugating -ir verbs by making sentences in the present tense with the verbs below. Try to make at least two sentences for each verb, using a different subject pronoun. Be careful: some of these are irregular!

  • Partir
  • Offrir
  • Choisir
  • Finir
  • Salir
  • Tenir

Check your answers on this website, by typing the infinitive of the verb from the list in the field and click “Conjuguer”. The results you are interested in will be on the top left, under “Indicatif / Présent”.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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