The French for tear is the verb déchirer

French for grate is the regular ER verb râper, in the most practical verb table yet devised.

For a method of quickly picking up words like the French for grate - râper put memory techniques like the 200 Words a Day! style word association pictures into use.

Imagine the RAP singer GRATES with a RASP.

  • The French also do use the verb GRATER.
  • The word for RASP in French is les râpes
  • The word râper can be used for grating carrots, cheese etc, or for filing things down with a rasp or file.

Another interesting point about this word is the fact that the French circumflex often represents a missing letter ... usually an 's'. This letter was part of the original French word, but was deleted over time as the language changed. Hence many words in English that came from French still retain the 's' but it has been dropped over time in the French. Another example is 'forest'. In French it is forêt - the circumflex showing that the missing 's' after the 'e'.

So, if you want to know how to say grate in French, how to express the verb in all the main tenses, here it is.


The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb râper - French for grate

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Here you’ll learn the conjugations of râper, which is French for grate.
  • I grate.
  • you grated.
  • he will grate.
  • we would grate.
  • they may grate.

The Verb Conjugation Tables below for râper, help you to practice your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Repeat these over and over again.

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

grate
râperâpesrâperâponsrâpezrâpent
Past Imperfect
Imparfait
grated
râpaisrâpaisrâpaitrâpionsrâpiezrâpaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

grated
râpairâpasrâparâpâmesrâpâtesrâpèrent
Future
Futur

will grate
râperairâperasrâperarâperonsrâperezrâperont
Conditional
Conditionnel

would grate
râperaisrâperaisrâperaitrâperionsrâperiezrâperaient
Subjunctive
Subjonctif

may grate
râperâpesrâperâpionsrâpiezrâpent
Compound Tenses râper
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have grated
ai râpéas râpéa râpéavons râpéavez râpéont râpé
Past Perfect
Plus-que-Parfait

had grated
avais râpéavais râpéavait râpéavions râpéaviez râpéavaient râpé
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have
aurai râpéauras râpéaura râpéaurons râpéaurez râpéauront râpé
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have grated
aurais râpéaurais râpéaurait râpéaurions râpéauriez râpéauraient râpé
Imperative
Imperatif

grate!
râpe râpons râpez

Present Indicative Tense conjugations of râper the French for grate
présent de l’indicatif

je râpe
- I grate
tu râpes
- you grate - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on râpe
- he, she, it, one grates
nous râpons
- we grate
vous râpez
- you grate (formal or plural)
ils, elles râpent
- they grate

Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
imparfait de l’indicatif

je râpais
- I grated
- I was grating
tu râpais
- you grated- (familiar or informal)
- you were grating
il, elle, on râpait
- he, she, it, one grated
- he, she, it, one was grating
nous râpions
- we grated
- we were grating
vous râpiez
- you grated- (formal or plural)
- you were grating
ils, elles râpaient
- they grated
- they were grating

Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
passé simple

je râpai
- I grated
tu râpas
- you grated- (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on râpa
- he, she, it, one grated
nous râpâmes
- we grated
vous râpâtes
- you grated- (formal or plural)
ils, elles râpèrent
they grated
(The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

Future Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
futur

je râperai
- I will grate
tu râperas
- you will grate (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on râpera
- he, she, it, one will grate
nous râperons
- we will grate
vous râperez
- you will grate (formal or plural)
ils, elles râperont
- they will grate

Conditional Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
conditionnel

je râperais
- I would grate
tu râperais
- you would grate (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on râperait
- he, she, it, one would grate
nous râperions
- we would grate
vous râperiez
- you would grate (formal or plural)
ils, elles râperaient
- they would grate

Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
présent de subjonctif

que je râpe
- that I may grate
que tu râpes
- that you may grate(familiar or informal)
qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on râpe
- that he, she, it, one may grate
que nous râpions
- that we may grate
que vous râpiez
- that you may grate(formal or plural)
qu’ils, qu’elles râpent
- that they may grate

The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb râper - the verb ‘to grate’ in French

Past Participle of râper is:
râpé -grated.

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

Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of râper - French for grate
passé composé

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

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

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

Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
futur antérieur

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

Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
conditionnel passé

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

Imperative Tense conjugations of râper, the French for grate
impératif

râpe
- grate!
râpons
- let’s grate!
râpez
- grate!

Present Participleof râper

râpant - grating

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