The French for listen is the verb écouter

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    French for listen is the regular ER verb écouter, in the most practical verb table yet devised.

     

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb écouter - French for listen

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of écouter, which is French for listen.
    • I listen.
    • you listened.
    • he will listen.
    • we would listen.
    • they may listen.

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

    listen
    écoute écoutes écoute écoutons écoutez écoutent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    listened
    écoutais écoutais écoutait écoutions écoutiez écoutaient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    listened
    écoutai écoutas écouta écoutâmes écoutâtes écoutèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will listen
    écouterai écouteras écoutera écouterons écouterez écouteront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would listen
    écouterais écouterais écouterait écouterions écouteriez écouteraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may listen
    écoute écoutes écoute écoutions écoutiez écoutent
    Compound Tenses écouter
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have listened
    ai écouté as écouté a écouté avons écouté avez écouté ont écouté
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had listened
    avais écouté avais écouté avait écouté avions écouté aviez écouté avaient écouté
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have listened
    aurais écouté aurais écouté aurait écouté aurions écouté auriez écouté auraient écouté
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    listen!
    écoute écoutons écoutez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of écouter the French for listen
    présent de l’indicatif

    je écoute
    - I listen
    tu écoutes
    - you listen - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on écoute
    - he, she, it, one listens
    nous écoutons
    - we listen
    vous écoutez
    - you listen (formal or plural)
    ils, elles écoutent
    - they listen

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    je écoutais
    - I listened
    - I was listening
    tu écoutais
    - you listened- (familiar or informal)
    - you were listening
    il, elle, on écoutait
    - he, she, it, one listened
    - he, she, it, one was listening
    nous écoutions
    - we listened
    - we were listening
    vous écoutiez
    - you listened- (formal or plural)
    - you were listening
    ils, elles écoutaient
    - they listened
    - they were listening

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    passé simple

    je écoutai
    - I listened
    tu écoutas
    - you listened- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on écouta
    - he, she, it, one listened
    nous écoutâmes
    - we listened
    vous écoutâtes
    - you listened- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles écoutèrent
    they listened
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    futur

    je écouterai
    - I will listen
    tu écouteras
    - you will listen (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on écoutera
    - he, she, it, one will listen
    nous écouterons
    - we will listen
    vous écouterez
    - you will listen (formal or plural)
    ils, elles écouteront
    - they will listen

    Conditional Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    conditionnel

    je écouterais
    - I would listen
    tu écouterais
    - you would listen (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on écouterait
    - he, she, it, one would listen
    nous écouterions
    - we would listen
    vous écouteriez
    - you would listen (formal or plural)
    ils, elles écouteraient
    - they would listen

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    présent de subjonctif

    que je écoute
    - that I may listen
    que tu écoutes
    - that you may listen(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on écoute
    - that he, she, it, one may listen
    que nous écoutions
    - that we may listen
    que vous écoutiez
    - that you may listen(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles écoutent
    - that they may listen

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb écouter - the verb ‘to listen’ in French

    Past Participle of écouter is:
    écouté -listened.

    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 listened
    • you had listened
    • he will have listened
    • we would have listened

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of écouter - French for listen
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of écouter, the French for listen
    impératif

    écoute
    - listen!
    écoutons
    - let’s listen!
    écoutez
    - listen!

    Present Participle of écouter

    écoutant - listening

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