The French for explain is the verb expliquer

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    French for explain is the regular ER verb expliquer, displayed below in an easy to use tabular format which enables you to learn by subject pronoun, AND by tense. Most verb tables only allow you to learn only by tense, one tense at a time.

     

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb expliquer - French for explain

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of expliquer, which is French for explain.
    • I explain.
    • you explained.
    • he will explain.
    • we would explain.
    • they may explain.

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

    explain
    explique expliques explique expliquons expliquez expliquent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    explained
    expliquais expliquais expliquait expliquions expliquiez expliquaient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    explained
    expliquai expliquas expliqua expliquâmes expliquâtes expliquèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will explain
    expliquerai expliqueras expliquera expliquerons expliquerez expliqueront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would explain
    expliquerais expliquerais expliquerait expliquerions expliqueriez expliqueraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may explain
    explique expliques explique expliquions expliquiez expliquent
    Compound Tenses expliquer
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have explained
    ai expliqué as expliqué a expliqué avons expliqué avez expliqué ont expliqué
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had explained
    avais expliqué avais expliqué avait expliqué avions expliqué aviez expliqué avaient expliqué
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have explained
    aurais expliqué aurais expliqué aurait expliqué aurions expliqué auriez expliqué auraient expliqué
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    explain!
    explique expliquons expliquez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of expliquer the French for explain
    présent de l’indicatif

    j’explique
    - I explain
    tu expliques
    - you explain - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on explique
    - he, she, it, one explains
    nous expliquons
    - we explain
    vous expliquez
    - you explain (formal or plural)
    ils, elles expliquent
    - they explain

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    j’expliquais
    - I explained
    - I was explaining
    tu expliquais
    - you explained- (familiar or informal)
    - you were explaining
    il, elle, on expliquait
    - he, she, it, one explained
    - he, she, it, one was explaining
    nous expliquions
    - we explained
    - we were explaining
    vous expliquiez
    - you explained- (formal or plural)
    - you were explaining
    ils, elles expliquaient
    - they explained
    - they were explaining

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    passé simple

    j’expliquai
    - I explained
    tu expliquas
    - you explained- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on expliqua
    - he, she, it, one explained
    nous expliquâmes
    - we explained
    vous expliquâtes
    - you explained- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles expliquèrent
    they explained
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    futur

    j’expliquerai
    - I will explain
    tu expliqueras
    - you will explain (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on expliquera
    - he, she, it, one will explain
    nous expliquerons
    - we will explain
    vous expliquerez
    - you will explain (formal or plural)
    ils, elles expliqueront
    - they will explain

    Conditional Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    conditionnel

    j’expliquerais
    - I would explain
    tu expliquerais
    - you would explain (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on expliquerait
    - he, she, it, one would explain
    nous expliquerions
    - we would explain
    vous expliqueriez
    - you would explain (formal or plural)
    ils, elles expliqueraient
    - they would explain

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    présent de subjonctif

    que j’explique
    - that I may explain
    que tu expliques
    - that you may explain(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on explique
    - that he, she, it, one may explain
    que nous expliquions
    - that we may explain
    que vous expliquiez
    - that you may explain(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles expliquent
    - that they may explain

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb expliquer - the verb ‘to explain’ in French

    Past Participle of expliquer is:
    expliqué -explained.

    The compound tenses are past tenses that are formed with the conjugations of avoir and the past participle. The key to these is in learning avoir inside out. You'll note these tenses in regular useage. Do our tables every day, building more and more verbs, and you'll be well on the way to mastering these tenses.
    • I have explained
    • you had explained
    • he will have explained
    • we would have explained

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of expliquer - French for explain
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of expliquer, the French for explain
    impératif

    explique
    - explain!
    expliquons
    - let’s explain!
    expliquez
    - explain!

    Present Participle of expliquer

    expliquant - explaining

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