Present Tense: Regular Verbs with Spelling Irregularities

Updated: Aug 31



Reminder:


A description of the conjugations of regular verbs in the present tense without spelling irregularities can be found here: https://www.myfrenchblog.com/post/present-tense-with-regular-verbs



Spelling Irregularities:


Some regular verbs have spelling irregularities when they are conjugated in the present tense. This is due to the way they are pronounced.


There are 5 spelling irregularities you need to be aware of:


-Regular verbs ending in –ger (e.g: manger)

-Regular verbs ending in –cer (e.g: commencer)

-Regular verbs ending in –eler or –eter (e.g: appeler or jeter)

-Regular verbs ending in –oyer (e.g: nettoyer)

-Regular verbs ending in –ayer (e.g: essayer)


You can check these irregularities in the table below:

NOTES:


1. Regular verbs ending in –ger: g becomes ge before an a or an o.


2. Regular verbs ending in –cer: c becomes ç before an a or an o.


3. Regular verbs ending in –eler or –eter: the consonant is doubled for the je, tu, il/elle/on and ils/elles forms. Except for acheter (see below).


4. Regular verbs ending in –oyer: y becomes i for the je, tu, il/elle/on and ils/elles forms.


5. Regular verbs ending in –ayez: there are two ways to spell these verbs. You can either change the y to an i or keep the y. Both spellings are correct.



Irregularities involving Accents:


These irregularities are found in the following regular verbs:


1. Regular verbs ending in -e_er (e.g: acheter)

2. Regular verbs ending in -é_er (e.g: espérer)

You can check these irregularities in the table below:

NOTES:


1. Regular verbs ending in –e_er: e becomes è for the je, tu, il/elle/on and ils/elles forms.


2. Regular verbs ending in –é_er: é become è for the je, tu, il/ elle/ on and ils/ elles forms.



Recommendation:


For French GCSE students with any exam board:



The handbook on the left gives you easy to understand descriptions and rules for all the grammar aspects you need to know at GCSE level. The workbook on the right contains a series of activities to help you practise these aspects. Answers are provided at the back for you to check your work.




For French A Level students with any exam board:


This workbook is excellent to practise all the grammar you need to know in the first year of your A-level course.










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