Salut chers amis !

I believe we are used to that greeting already. Just in case you're joining the class for the first time, that simply means "Hello dear friends!".

Are you excited to learn something new? I do hope so.

Last week, we started learning how to conjugate "ER" verbs in the simple present tense. You would remember it was said that the two major parts of a French verb are the ending and the stem of the verb. We also saw from last week's lesson that all we have to do in order to conjugate an "er" verb in the simple present tense is to remove the "er" infinitive ending and add the simple present tense endings to what is left of the verb (the stem) after removing the "er".

Today, we will be looking into some "er" verbs with certain peculiarities.

First in this category of verbs with peculiarities are verbs that end in "ger" (that is, verbs that have a "g" placed before the "er" ending). Verbs like; manger (to eat), nager (to swim) and voyager (to travel) are going to be used as examples here.

Verbs of this nature still follow the normal rules and endings for the simple present tense conjugation. However, in the 1st person plural form of conjugation, that is, the "nous" form, there is a notably little difference from other "er" verbs.

Let's see the verb "manger" for example.

Je mange

Tu manges

Il /Elle mange

Nous mangeons <<== here is our focus.

Vous mangez

Ils /Elles mangent