How to identify a verb in French
They finish in er, ir or re in the infinitive form.
Déjeuner, to have lunch
Je déjeune toujours à 1 heure dans un petit restaurant, rue de Dijon.
I always have lunch at one oclock in a small restaurant, Dijon street.
grandir, to grow
Les enfants grandissent trop vite! Children grow too quickly
rire, to laugh
Arrêtez de rire, cette blague n’est pas rigolote!
Stop laughing, this joke is not funny!
The Infinitive means the verbs are not conjugated. Regular verbs means that there is a fixed pattern and you can learn it easily. Irregular verbs means that there can be some exceptions.
So for the er verbs in the present tense
you get rid of the ending -r
and add those endings according to the person who does the action. These words are called personal pronouns. Note that the French use tu and vous but we only use You
I = je déjeune I’m having lunch
You = tu déjeunes (add an s) you are having lunch
He = il déjeune He’s having lunch She = Elle déjeune She’s having lunch
We = nous déjeunons Take the r off and add ons we are having lunch
You = vous déjeunez (take the r off and add a z) you are having lunch
They = ils ( men or men and women) déjeunent they are having lunch
They = elles (women) déjeunent they are having lunch.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments.