Updated: Nov 10, 2018
Salut chers amis !
How have you all been? Great j'espère - I hope.
Let's do a little bit of recap shall we.
Some weeks ago, we were introduced to subject pronouns in French otherwise known as personal pronouns. Check here - https://www.mapetitefranceng.com/blog-1/personal-pronouns-m-p-fg102
We then went further to see how to conjugate French verbs that end with "er" in present tense. Check here- https://www.mapetitefranceng.com/blog-1/understanding-verb-conjugation-mpfg102
And after that, we began to treat some "er" verbs with peculiarities out of which we've seen verbs that end with "ger", "cer" and "oyer". We shall close this chapter today with verbs that have an "é" with acute accent or a silent "e" in the last syllable that precedes the "er" ending such as : répéter (to repeat), gérer (to administer / manage), suggérer (to suggest), achéter (to buy), méner (to lead) congéler (to freeze) etc.
Verbs like this change the "é" with acute accent and the silent "e" of the last syllable that precedes the "er" ending to an "è" with grave accent on it. And this change occurs only in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd person singular (je, tu, il/elle) and the 3rd person plural (ils/elles).
Carefully observe the conjugations below.
Répéter (to repeat)
For any French verb that looks like this, having an "é" with accute accent in the last syllable before the "er" ending, the "é" changes to "è", with grave accent, in the persons indicated above.
Majority of french verbs that have a silent "e" in the last syllable that precedes the "er" ending change to "è" with grave accent in the persons indicated above. However, there are few others in this category that rather double the consonant placed right before the "er". An example of such exceptions is the verb "appeler =to call"
I hope this lesson has been very helpful. Should you have any question for clarity sake, do well to drop it in the comment box below. Tell another friend about how easy it is to learn french grammar on Ma Petite France. See you next time.
Bonne journée (good day)!