French for COST is the ER verb coûter

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French for cost is the regular ER verb coûter, shown here in all its tenses and conjugations that are used in contemporary French.
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The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb coûter - French for cost

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Here you will learn the conjugations of coûter, which is French for cost.
  • I cost.
  • you cost.
  • he will cost.
  • we would cost.
  • they may cost.

The Verb Conjugating Tables below for coûter, encourage you to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Keep doing these many times.

VERB CONJUGATION TABLE coûter
Simple Tenses coûter
TENSE
je/j’
tu
il
nous
vous
ils
Present
Présent

cost
coûtecoûtescoûtecoûtonscoûtezcoûtent
Past Imperfect
Imparfait
cost
coûtaiscoûtaiscoûtaitcoûtionscoûtiezcoûtaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

cost
coûtaicoûtascoûtacoûtâmescoûtâtescoûtèrent
Future
Futur

will cost
coûteraicoûterascoûteracoûteronscoûterezcoûteront
Conditional
Conditionnel

would cost
coûteraiscoûteraiscoûteraitcoûterionscoûteriezcoûteraient
Subjunctive
Subjonctif

may cost
coûtecoûtescoûtecoûtionscoûtiezcoûtent
Compound Tenses coûter
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have cost
ai coûtéas coûtéa coûtéavons coûtéavez coûtéont coûté
Past Perfect
Plus-que-Parfait

had cost
avais coûtéavais coûtéavait coûtéavions coûtéaviez coûtéavaient coûté
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have
aurai coûtéauras coûtéaura coûtéaurons coûtéaurez coûtéauront coûté
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have cost
aurais coûtéaurais coûtéaurait coûtéaurions coûtéauriez coûtéauraient coûté
Imperative
Imperatif

cost!
coûte coûtons coûtez

Present Indicative Tense conjugations of coûter the French for cost
présent de l’indicatif

je coûte
- I cost
tu coûtes
- you cost - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on coûte
- he, she, it, one costs
nous coûtons
- we cost
vous coûtez
- you cost (formal or plural)
ils, elles coûtent
- they cost

Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
imparfait de l’indicatif

je coûtais
- I cost
- I was costing
tu coûtais
- you cost- (familiar or informal)
- you were costing
il, elle, on coûtait
- he, she, it, one cost
- he, she, it, one was costing
nous coûtions
- we cost
- we were costing
vous coûtiez
- you cost- (formal or plural)
- you were costing
ils, elles coûtaient
- they cost
- they were costing

Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
passé simple

je coûtai
- I cost
tu coûtas
- you cost- (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on coûta
- he, she, it, one cost
nous coûtâmes
- we cost
vous coûtâtes
- you cost- (formal or plural)
ils, elles coûtèrent
they cost
(The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

Future Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
futur

je coûterai
- I will cost
tu coûteras
- you will cost (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on coûtera
- he, she, it, one will cost
nous coûterons
- we will cost
vous coûterez
- you will cost (formal or plural)
ils, elles coûteront
- they will cost

Conditional Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
conditionnel

je coûterais
- I would cost
tu coûterais
- you would cost (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on coûterait
- he, she, it, one would cost
nous coûterions
- we would cost
vous coûteriez
- you would cost (formal or plural)
ils, elles coûteraient
- they would cost

Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
présent de subjonctif

que je coûte
- that I may cost
que tu coûtes
- that you may cost(familiar or informal)
qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on coûte
- that he, she, it, one may cost
que nous coûtions
- that we may cost
que vous coûtiez
- that you may cost(formal or plural)
qu’ils, qu’elles coûtent
- that they may cost

The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb coûter - the verb ‘to cost’ in French

Past Participle of coûter is:
coûté -cost.

Given that the past participle is put with several of the tenses of the verb - to have - avoir, to create the four 'often-used' compound tenses, its significance is strongly underlined. Once you have thoroughly committed these avoir tenses to memory, you have unlocked the first major key to construction of compound verbs in French.
  • I have cost
  • you had cost
  • he will have cost
  • we would have cost

Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of coûter - French for cost
passé composé

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

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

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

Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
futur antérieur

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

Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
conditionnel passé

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

Imperative Tense conjugations of coûter, the French for cost
impératif

coûte
- cost!
coûtons
- let’s cost!
coûtez
- cost!

Present Participleof coûter

coûtant - costing

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