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French Verb Tense, Mood, and Voice

Learn about all the different French verb tenses (present, past, future), moods (indicative, conditional, subjunctive, imperative, participle, infinitive), and voices (active, passive, pronominal).
  1. Conditional Mood (3)
  2. Future Tense (3)
  3. Imperative Mood (2)
  4. Indicative Mood (9)
  5. Infinitives - Mood (3)
  6. Participles - Mood (3)
  7. Passive Voice (4)
  8. Past and Perfect Tenses (16)
  9. Present Tense (5)
  10. Pronominal Voice (3)
  11. Subjunctive Mood (235)

French Verb Timeline
A chart of French verb tenses/moods with links to lessons on each one.

French Verb Mood
Mood refers to the verb forms that indicate the attitude of the speaker toward the action/state of the verb; that is, how likely or factual the speaker believes the statement to be. The French language has six moods.

Translating French Verb Tenses and Moods
Learn how to translate all the different French verb forms into English.

What is mood?
Definition of grammatical verb mood.

What is tense?
Verb tense defined.

What is voice?
Explanation of grammatical voice.

French Compound Tenses and Moods
Conjugations for the different French verb tenses and moods can be divided into two categories: simple and compound. Simple tenses and moods have only one part (e.g., je vais) whereas compound tenses and moods have two (je suis allé). This lesson will explain everything you need to know about the more complicated compound conjugations.

French Literary Tenses
What are literary tenses? This lesson will explain all about French literary tenses and their non-literary equivalents.

French and Modal Verbs
Modal verbs, also called modal auxiliaries or simply modals, are unconjugated English verbs which express the mood of a verb, such as ability, possibility, condition, and necessity. French does not have modal verbs, which can make it difficult to translate them. There are ten common English modal verbs: can, must, should....

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