The French for breathe is the verb respirer

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb respirer - French for breathe

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of respirer, which is French for breathe.
    • I breathe.
    • you breathed.
    • he will breathe.
    • we would breathe.
    • they may breathe.

    The Verb Conjugation Tables below for respirer, give you the tools to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Do both many times over.
  • VERB CONJUGATION TABLE respirer
    Simple Tenses respirer
    TENSE
    je/j’
    tu
    il
    nous
    vous
    ils
    Present
    Présent

    breathe
    respire respires respire respirons respirez respirent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    breathed
    respirais respirais respirait respirions respiriez respiraient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    breathed
    respirai respiras respira respirâmes respirâtes respirèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will breathe
    respirerai respireras respirera respirerons respirerez respireront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would breathe
    respirerais respirerais respirerait respirerions respireriez respireraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may breathe
    respire respires respire respirions respiriez respirent
    Compound Tenses respirer
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have breathed
    ai respiré as respiré a respiré avons respiré avez respiré ont respiré
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had breathed
    avais respiré avais respiré avait respiré avions respiré aviez respiré avaient respiré
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have breathed
    aurais respiré aurais respiré aurait respiré aurions respiré auriez respiré auraient respiré
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    breathe!
    respire respirons respirez

    Present Indicative présent de l’indicatif

    je respire
    - I breathe
    tu respires
    - you breathe - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on respire
    - he, she, it, one breathes
    nous respirons
    - we breathe
    vous respirez
    - you breathe (formal or plural)
    ils, elles respirent
    - they breathe

    Imperfect Indicative imparfait de l’indicatif

    je respirais
    - I breathed
    - I was breathing
    tu respirais
    - you breathed- (familiar or informal)
    - you were breathing
    il, elle, on respirait
    - he, she, it, one breathed
    - he, she, it, one was breathing
    nous respirions
    - we breathed
    - we were breathing
    vous respiriez
    - you breathed- (formal or plural)
    - you were breathing
    ils, elles respiraient
    - they breathed
    - they were breathing

    Simple Past or Past Definite passé simple

    je respirai
    - I breathed
    tu respiras
    - you breathed- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on respira
    - he, she, it, one breathed
    nous respirâmes
    - we breathed
    vous respirâtes
    - you breathed- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles respirèrent
    they breathed
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future futur

    je respirerai
    - I will breathe
    tu respireras
    - you will breathe (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on respirera
    - he, she, it, one will breathe
    nous respirerons
    - we will breathe
    vous respirerez
    - you will breathe (formal or plural)
    ils, elles respireront
    - they will breathe

    Conditional Tense conjugations of respirer, the French for breathe
    conditionnel

    je respirerais
    - I would breathe
    tu respirerais
    - you would breathe (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on respirerait
    - he, she, it, one would breathe
    nous respirerions
    - we would breathe
    vous respireriez
    - you would breathe (formal or plural)
    ils, elles respireraient
    - they would breathe

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of respirer, the French for breathe
    présent de subjonctif

    que je respire
    - that I may breathe
    que tu respires
    - that you may breathe(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on respire
    - that he, she, it, one may breathe
    que nous respirions
    - that we may breathe
    que vous respiriez
    - that you may breathe(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles respirent
    - that they may breathe

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb respirer - the verb ‘to breathe’ in French

    Past Participle of respirer is:
    respiré -breathed.

    The past participle is combined with the tenses of avoir, to make the compounds. Four are in common use.
    • I have breathed
    • you had breathed
    • he will have breathed
    • we would have breathed

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of respirer - French for breathe
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of respirer, the French for breathe
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of respirer, the French for breathe
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of respirer, the French for breathe
    impératif

    respire
    - breathe!
    respirons
    - let’s breathe!
    respirez
    - breathe!

    Present Participle of respirer

    respirant - breathing

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