“-re” verbs and impersonal verbs

-re verbs

Learning Objectives 

  • Using regular “-re” verbs in the indicative present tense 
  • Using “dire”, “lire” and “écrire” and similar verbs in the indicative present tense
  • Learn impersonal phrases

Supplemental resources: vocabulary about the weather

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Key Words & Phrases

Regular -re verbs present tense endings

Present tense endings for verbs ending in uire, –dire*, –fire and –lire


regular ‘-re’ verbs in the present tense

verbs in ‘-uire’ in the present tense

“Dire”, “lire” and “écrire” in the present tense

impersonal verbs

Grammar Collins Dictionary: regular “-re” verbs in the present tense

LanguageAtlas: “conduire” and derivatives

Lawless French: “dire”, “écrire”, “lire” in the present tense

Lawless French: impersonal verbs


YouLearnFrench: present tense of 3rd group verbs 

French Circles Conjugation: “lire” in the present tense 

Learn French with Vincent: “conduire” in the present tense

Learn French with Vincent: Impersonal verbs 

French in the Midlands: Impersonal verbs


LanguageAtlas: regular -re verbs

Kwiziq: ‘-uire’ verbs in the present tense

LanguageAtlas: “dire” 

LanguageAtlas: “écrire” 

ThoughtCo: Impersonal verbs

Rocket Languages: the weather

Lawless French: the weather

Les Mémos de Benito: the weather


Tex’s French grammar: practice regular -re verbs

Tex’s French Grammar: practice “dire”, “lire” and “écrire”

Tex’s French Grammar: practice impersonal verbs

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

Translate the following sentences into French:

  • I am waiting.
  • You drive, we are taking the bus.
  • They are reading an article and he is writing a letter.
  • It is raining today.
  • What are you saying?
  • We are selling the TV.
  • They predict the future.

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

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • For this exercise, you are going to be a “sentence generator”! 
    • Ask your partner to choose a verb amongst the verbs below, a subject, and to ask whether they want an affirmation, a negation, or a question. Now, you have to make the sentence for them!
      Be careful: some verbs cannot be used on their own, so you might need to come up with an object for the sentence.
      Ask your partner to request at least 5 sentences.
    • Verbs to choose from: vendre, attendre, dire, conduire, interdire
  • Example:

Partner: “conduire, nous, negation”
You: Nous ne conduisons pas cette voiture.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

  • Practice conjugating the five verbs below in the present tense, with all six subject pronouns.
    Verbs: rendre, entendre, lire, écrire, construire.

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

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