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Conjugate semi-regular -ger verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

In French, to preserve the soft 'g' in front of vowels 'a/o/u', we use 'ge'

This rule applies to verbs ending in -ger when they are conjugated.

In Le Présent, it only affects the "nous" conjugation, because of the ending -ons:

MANGER (to eat) in Le Présent (-GER)

je mange
I eat
tu manges You eat (one person you know well)
il/elle/on mange He/She/One eats - We/People eat
nous mangeons We eat
vous mangez You eat (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles mangent They eat

Similarly conjugated verbs:

ranger (to tidy up)
changer (to change)
voyager (to travel)
corriger (to correct/mark)
obliger (to force)
nager (to swim)
mélanger (to mix)
bouger (to move)
etc


Have a listen to these examples:

Je range mon bureau.
I'm tidying up my desk.

Tu mélanges les couleurs sur ta palette.
You're mixing the colours on your palette.

Guillaume voyage beaucoup.
Guillaume travels a lot.

Nous changeons la couleur du papier peint.
We are changing the colour of the wallpaper.

Vous nagez tous les samedis matins.
You swim every Saturday morning.

Les professeurs corrigent les copies.
The teachers mark copies.



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Nous mangeons au restaurant.
We're eating at the restaurant.


Tu mélanges les couleurs sur ta palette.
You're mixing the colours on your palette.


Nous rangeons notre chambre.
We are tidying up our room.


Je range mon bureau.
I'm tidying up my desk.


Les professeurs corrigent les copies.
The teachers mark copies.



Vous nagez tous les samedis matins.
You swim every Saturday morning.


Nous changeons la couleur du papier peint.
We are changing the colour of the wallpaper.


Guillaume voyage beaucoup.
Guillaume travels a lot.


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