The French for ask is the verb demander

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    French for ask is the regular ER verb demander, outlined here in detail in the tenses employed in today's French language.

     

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb demander - French for ask

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of demander, which is French for ask.
    • I ask.
    • you asked.
    • he will ask.
    • we would ask.
    • they may ask.

    The Verb Conjugation Tables below for demander, enable you to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Try this process four or five times a day for a week to consolidate the learning. Remember to come back to the tables after another week, month, 3 months etc to review what you have learnt.
  • VERB CONJUGATION TABLE demander
    Simple Tenses demander
    TENSE
    je/j’
    tu
    il
    nous
    vous
    ils
    Present
    Présent

    ask
    demande demandes demande demandons demandez demandent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    asked
    demandais demandais demandait demandions demandiez demandaient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    asked
    demandai demandas demanda demandâmes demandâtes demandèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will ask
    demanderai demanderas demandera demanderons demanderez demanderont
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would ask
    demanderais demanderais demanderait demanderions demanderiez demanderaient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may ask
    demande demandes demande demandions demandiez demandent
    Compound Tenses demander
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have asked
    ai demandé as demandé a demandé avons demandé avez demandé ont demandé
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had asked
    avais demandé avais demandé avait demandé avions demandé aviez demandé avaient demandé
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

    will have
    aurai demandé auras demandé aura demandé aurons demandé aurez demandé auront demandé
    Conditional Perfect
    Conditionnel Passé

    would have asked
    aurais demandé aurais demandé aurait demandé aurions demandé auriez demandé auraient demandé
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    ask!
    demande demandons demandez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of demander the French for ask
    présent de l’indicatif

    je demande
    - I ask
    tu demandes
    - you ask - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on demande
    - he, she, it, one asks
    nous demandons
    - we ask
    vous demandez
    - you ask (formal or plural)
    ils, elles demandent
    - they ask

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    je demandais
    - I asked
    - I was asking
    tu demandais
    - you asked- (familiar or informal)
    - you were asking
    il, elle, on demandait
    - he, she, it, one asked
    - he, she, it, one was asking
    nous demandions
    - we asked
    - we were asking
    vous demandiez
    - you asked- (formal or plural)
    - you were asking
    ils, elles demandaient
    - they asked
    - they were asking

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    passé simple

    je demandai
    - I asked
    tu demandas
    - you asked- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on demanda
    - he, she, it, one asked
    nous demandâmes
    - we asked
    vous demandâtes
    - you asked- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles demandèrent
    they asked
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    futur

    je demanderai
    - I will ask
    tu demanderas
    - you will ask (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on demandera
    - he, she, it, one will ask
    nous demanderons
    - we will ask
    vous demanderez
    - you will ask (formal or plural)
    ils, elles demanderont
    - they will ask

    Conditional Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    conditionnel

    je demanderais
    - I would ask
    tu demanderais
    - you would ask (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on demanderait
    - he, she, it, one would ask
    nous demanderions
    - we would ask
    vous demanderiez
    - you would ask (formal or plural)
    ils, elles demanderaient
    - they would ask

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    présent de subjonctif

    que je demande
    - that I may ask
    que tu demandes
    - that you may ask(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on demande
    - that he, she, it, one may ask
    que nous demandions
    - that we may ask
    que vous demandiez
    - that you may ask(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles demandent
    - that they may ask

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb demander - the verb ‘to ask’ in French

    Past Participle of demander is:
    demandé -asked.

    The significance of the past participle is clear when one sees how it is used with the various tenses of the verb avoir (to have), to make up the four commonly used compound tenses. Once you know avoir and its tenses, you will have taken the first main step to unlocking the secret to the French compound verbs.
    • I have asked
    • you had asked
    • he will have asked
    • we would have asked

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of demander - French for ask
    passé composé

    Here’s the French for ask conjugated with all the pronouns in the present perfect tense.
    j’ai demandé
    - I have asked or I did ask or
    - I asked
    tu as demandé
    - you have asked or you did ask - (familiar or informal) or
    - you asked
    il, elle, on a demandé
    - he, she, it, one has ask or did ask
    - he, she, it asked
    nous avons demandé
    - we have asked or we did ask
    - we asked
    vous avez demandé
    - you have asked or you did ask (formal or plural) or
    - or we asked
    ils, elles ont demandé
    - they have asked or they did ask
    - they asked

    Past Perfect Indicative or Pluperfect Tense conjugations of demander - ask in French
    plus-que-parfait de l’indicatif

    Here’s the French for -ask conjugated with all the pronouns in the past perfect tense.
    j’avais demandé
    - I had asked
    tu avais demandé
    - you had asked- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on avait demandé
    - he, she, it, one had asked
    nous avions demandé
    - we had asked
    vous aviez demandé
    - you had asked (formal or plural)
    ils, elles avaient demandé
    - they had asked

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    futur antérieur

    j’aurai demandé
    - I will have
    tu auras demandé
    - you will have - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on aura demandé
    - he, she, it, one will have
    nous aurons demandé
    - we will have
    vous aurez demandé
    - you will have - (formal or plural)
    ils, elles auront demandé
    - they will have

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    conditionnel passé

    j’aurais demandé
    - I would have asked
    tu aurais demandé
    - you would have asked- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on aurait demandé
    - he, she, it, one would have asked
    nous aurions demandé
    - we would have asked
    vous auriez demandé
    - you would have asked- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles auraient demandé
    - they would have asked

    Imperative Tense conjugations of demander, the French for ask
    impératif

    demande
    - ask!
    demandons
    - let’s ask!
    demandez
    - ask!

    Present Participle of demander

    demandant - asking

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