French imperative conjugations are relatively simple. There are only three grammatical persons that can be used in the imperative: tu
, and vous
, and most of the conjugations are the same as the present tense - the only difference is that the subject pronoun is not used in the imperative.
(regular, stem-changing, spelling change, and irregular)
The imperative conjugations for nous
are the same as the present indicative, and the tu
form of the imperative is the indicative minus the final s (but see item 4 on this page
Verbs which are conjugated like -ER verbs (meaning that in the indicative the tu
form ends in -es), such as ouvrir
, follow the same rules as -ER verbs.
-IR verbs and -RE verbs
The imperative conjugations for all regular and most* irregular -IR and -RE verbs are the same as the present indicative conjugations.
*Except for verbs conjugated like -ER verbs and the following four irregular imperative verbs:
Page 1: Introduction to the French imperative
Page 2: Imperative conjugations
Page 3: Imperative word order
Quiz on the French imperative