French for play is the verb jouer - conjugated here in full

a regular ER verb conjugated in a free lesson

The word in French for play is the regular ER verb jouer, viewed thoroughly here in the main French tenses, past, present, future, conditional and subjunctives.

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The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb jouer - French for play

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Here you’ll learn the conjugations of jouer, which is French for play.
  • I play.
  • you played.
  • he will play.
  • we would play.
  • they may play.
The Verb Conjugation Tables below for jouer, let you to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Do these two sequences lots of times over.

Saying them aloud reading from left to right will drill you on each tense by pronoun I, you, he, we, you, they, tense by tense. This is in keeping with most verb table systems. What is even more powerful about our verb table design is that you can do the drills VERTICALLY down column by column, and that way you learn all the tenses for je, starting with the present, then past, future etc.

Do these several times daily with the different important French verbs and you will soon have them mastered.

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

play
joue joues joue jouons jouez jouent
Past Imperfect
Imparfait
played
jouais jouais jouait jouions jouiez jouaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

played
jouai jouas joua jouâmes jouâtes jouèrent
Future
Futur

will play
jouerai joueras jouera jouerons jouerez joueront
Conditional
Conditionnel

would play
jouerais jouerais jouerait jouerions joueriez joueraient
Subjunctive
Subjonctif

may play
joue joues joue jouions jouiez jouent
Compound Tenses jouer
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have played
ai joué as joué a joué avons joué avez joué ont joué
Past Perfect
Plus-que-Parfait

had played
avais joué avais joué avait joué avions joué aviez joué avaient joué
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

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

would have played
aurais joué aurais joué aurait joué aurions joué auriez joué auraient joué
Imperative
Imperatif

play!
joue jouons jouez

Present Indicative Tense conjugations of jouer the French for play
présent de l’indicatif

je joue
- I play
tu joues
- you play - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on joue
- he, she, it, one plays
nous jouons
- we play
vous jouez
- you play (formal or plural)
ils, elles jouent
- they play

Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
imparfait de l’indicatif

je jouais
- I played
- I was playing
tu jouais
- you played- (familiar or informal)
- you were playing
il, elle, on jouait
- he, she, it, one played
- he, she, it, one was playing
nous jouions
- we played
- we were playing
vous jouiez
- you played- (formal or plural)
- you were playing
ils, elles jouaient
- they played
- they were playing

Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
passé simple

je jouai
- I played
tu jouas
- you played- (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on joua
- he, she, it, one played
nous jouâmes
- we played
vous jouâtes
- you played- (formal or plural)
ils, elles jouèrent
they played
(The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

Future Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
futur

je jouerai
- I will play
tu joueras
- you will play (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on jouera
- he, she, it, one will play
nous jouerons
- we will play
vous jouerez
- you will play (formal or plural)
ils, elles joueront
- they will play

Conditional Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
conditionnel

je jouerais
- I would play
tu jouerais
- you would play (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on jouerait
- he, she, it, one would play
nous jouerions
- we would play
vous joueriez
- you would play (formal or plural)
ils, elles joueraient
- they would play

Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
présent de subjonctif

que je joue
- that I may play
que tu joues
- that you may play(familiar or informal)
qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on joue
- that he, she, it, one may play
que nous jouions
- that we may play
que vous jouiez
- that you may play(formal or plural)
qu’ils, qu’elles jouent
- that they may play

The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb jouer - the verb ‘to play’ in French

Past Participle of jouer is:
joué -played.

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

Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of jouer - French for play
passé composé

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

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

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

Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
futur antérieur

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

Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
conditionnel passé

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

Imperative Tense conjugations of jouer, the French for play
impératif

joue
- play!
jouons
- let’s play!
jouez
- play!

Present Participle of jouer

jouant - playing

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