Être is a French irregular verb meaning to be. Être appears on the 100 Most Used French Verbs Poster as the #1 most used irregular verb.
Être Conjugation: Present Tense
*Irregular forms in bold.
Être Passé Composé
The passé composé of Être is formed by combining the auxiliary verb avoir with the past participle été.
Être Participe Présent
The participe présent of Être is étant.
Regular vs. Irregular Verbs
A verb is called a regular verb when its conjugation follows a typical pattern. A verb which does not follow these patterns exactly is called an irregular verb. In French, the 3 regular patterns are for verbs ending in er, re, and ir.
French Conjugation Chart
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