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French Present Tense – Part 1A: Verbs -cer -ger

French Present Tense - Lessons

1. Verbs in -cer

These verbs like “lancer” (to throw) get a ç before the vowel o (and also a) to keep the sound S.

Je lance
Tu lances
Il, elle, on lance
Nous lançons
Vous lancez
Ils, elles lancent

More examples:

Percer (to pierce, to make a hole): je perce, tu perce, il perce, nous perçons, vous percez, ils percent.
Commencer (to start): je commence, tu commences, il commence, nous commençons, vous commencez, ils commencent
Tracer (to draw, to write): je trace, tu traces, il trace, nous traçons, vous tracez, ils tracent

2. Verbs in -ger

These verbs like “manger” (to eat) get an additional e before the letter o, again to keep the sound of the verb.

Je mange
Tu manges
Il, elle, on mange
Nous mangEons
Vous mangez
Ils, elles mangent

More examples:

Ranger (to put in order): je range, tu ranges, il range, nous rangeons, vous rangez, ils rangent
Ménager (to treat tactfully): je ménage, tu ménages, il ménage, nous ménageons, vous ménagez, ils ménagent

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