The French for embarrass is the verb gêner

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French for embarrass is the regular ER verb gêner, taught thoroughly here in all the main French verb tenses, past, present, future, conditional and subjunctives.

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So, if you want to know how to say embarrass in French, how to express the verb in all the main tenses, here it is. Read through the French verb tables tense by tense (along the rows i.e. row by row), or pronoun by pronoun (column by column).

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The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb gêner - French for embarrass

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Here you’ll learn the conjugations of gêner, which is French for embarrass.
  • I embarrass.
  • you embarrassed.
  • he will embarrass.
  • we would embarrass.
  • they may embarrass.

The Tables of the Verb Conjugated below for gêner, give you the ability to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically) which is 'I, you, he, she, we, they' etc, and by TENSE (horizontally). Repeat this process several times.

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

embarrass
gêne gênes gêne gênons gênez gênent
Past Imperfect
Imparfait
embarrassed
gênais gênais gênait gênions gêniez gênaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

embarrassed
gênai gênas gêna gênâmes gênâtes gênèrent
Future
Futur

will embarrass
gênerai gêneras gênera gênerons gênerez gêneront
Conditional
Conditionnel

would embarrass
gênerais gênerais gênerait gênerions gêneriez gêneraient
Subjunctive
Subjonctif

may embarrass
gêne gênes gêne gênions gêniez gênent
Compound Tenses gêner
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have embarrassed
ai gêné as gêné a gêné avons gêné avez gêné ont gêné
Past Perfect
Plus-que-Parfait

had embarrassed
avais gêné avais gêné avait gêné avions gêné aviez gêné avaient gêné
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

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

would have embarrassed
aurais gêné aurais gêné aurait gêné aurions gêné auriez gêné auraient gêné
Imperative
Imperatif

embarrass!
gêne gênons gênez

Notice that gêner has a circumflex over the letter e. To learn about the French circumflex click the link and it will open in a new window.

Present Indicative Tense conjugations of gêner the French for embarrass
présent de l’indicatif

je gêne
- I embarrass
tu gênes
- you embarrass - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on gêne
- he, she, it, one embarrasses
nous gênons
- we embarrass
vous gênez
- you embarrass (formal or plural)
ils, elles gênent
- they embarrass

Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
imparfait de l’indicatif

je gênais
- I embarrassed
- I was embarrassing
tu gênais
- you embarrassed- (familiar or informal)
- you were embarrassing
il, elle, on gênait
- he, she, it, one embarrassed
- he, she, it, one was embarrassing
nous gênions
- we embarrassed
- we were embarrassing
vous gêniez
- you embarrassed- (formal or plural)
- you were embarrassing
ils, elles gênaient
- they embarrassed
- they were embarrassing

Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
passé simple

je gênai
- I embarrassed
tu gênas
- you embarrassed- (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on gêna
- he, she, it, one embarrassed
nous gênâmes
- we embarrassed
vous gênâtes
- you embarrassed- (formal or plural)
ils, elles gênèrent
they embarrassed
(The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

Future Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
futur

je gênerai
- I will embarrass
tu gêneras
- you will embarrass (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on gênera
- he, she, it, one will embarrass
nous gênerons
- we will embarrass
vous gênerez
- you will embarrass (formal or plural)
ils, elles gêneront
- they will embarrass

Conditional Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
conditionnel

je gênerais
- I would embarrass
tu gênerais
- you would embarrass (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on gênerait
- he, she, it, one would embarrass
nous gênerions
- we would embarrass
vous gêneriez
- you would embarrass (formal or plural)
ils, elles gêneraient
- they would embarrass

Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
présent de subjonctif

que je gêne
- that I may embarrass
que tu gênes
- that you may embarrass(familiar or informal)
qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on gêne
- that he, she, it, one may embarrass
que nous gênions
- that we may embarrass
que vous gêniez
- that you may embarrass(formal or plural)
qu’ils, qu’elles gênent
- that they may embarrass

The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb gêner - the verb ‘to embarrass’ in French

Past Participle of gêner is:
gêné -embarrassed.

Seeing that the past participle is taken and merged with the various conjugations of the verb - to have - avoir, to create the four French compound tenses, its importance is highlighted. Once you have mastered avoir, you have mastered the key to constructing compound verbs in French.
  • I have embarrassed
  • you had embarrassed
  • he will have embarrassed
  • we would have embarrassed

Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of gêner - French for embarrass
passé composé

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

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

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

Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
futur antérieur

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

Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
conditionnel passé

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

Imperative Tense conjugations of gêner, the French for embarrass
impératif

gêne
- embarrass!
gênons
- let’s embarrass!
gênez
- embarrass!

Present Participle of gêner

gênant - embarrassing

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