The French for tell is the verb raconter

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb raconter - French for tell

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of raconter, which is French for tell.
    • I tell.
    • you told.
    • he will tell.
    • we would tell.
    • they may tell.

    The Verb Tables of Conjugation now presented below for raconter, allow you to practice your French verbs both by PRONOUN (vertically) - that is I, you, we, he, she, they etc, AND ALSO by TENSE (horizontally). Learn them both ways. Most verb tables only teach by tense, so that for example, you cannot actually learn the words for I from one tense to the other EXCEPT through learning each table by tense. In other words - a student is usually taught - I go, you go, he goes, we go, they go … BUT NOT I go, I went, I will go, I would go, I may go, I have gone etc, etc. These table allow this.
  • VERB CONJUGATION TABLE raconter
    Simple Tenses raconter
    TENSE
    je/j’
    tu
    il
    nous
    vous
    ils
    Present
    Présent

    tell
    raconte racontes raconte racontons racontez racontent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    told
    racontais racontais racontait racontions racontiez racontaient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    told
    racontai racontas raconta racontâmes racontâtes racontèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will tell
    raconterai raconteras racontera raconterons raconterez raconteront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would tell
    raconterais raconterais raconterait raconterions raconteriez raconteraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may tell
    raconte racontes raconte racontions racontiez racontent
    Compound Tenses raconter
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have told
    ai raconté as raconté a raconté avons raconté avez raconté ont raconté
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had told
    avais raconté avais raconté avait raconté avions raconté aviez raconté avaient raconté
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have told
    aurais raconté aurais raconté aurait raconté aurions raconté auriez raconté auraient raconté
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    tell!
    raconte racontons racontez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of raconter the French for tell
    présent de l’indicatif

    je raconte
    - I tell
    tu racontes
    - you tell - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on raconte
    - he, she, it, one tells
    nous racontons
    - we tell
    vous racontez
    - you tell (formal or plural)
    ils, elles racontent
    - they tell

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    je racontais
    - I told
    - I was telling
    tu racontais
    - you told- (familiar or informal)
    - you were telling
    il, elle, on racontait
    - he, she, it, one told
    - he, she, it, one was telling
    nous racontions
    - we told
    - we were telling
    vous racontiez
    - you told- (formal or plural)
    - you were telling
    ils, elles racontaient
    - they told
    - they were telling

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    passé simple

    je racontai
    - I told
    tu racontas
    - you told- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on raconta
    - he, she, it, one told
    nous racontâmes
    - we told
    vous racontâtes
    - you told- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles racontèrent
    they told
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    futur

    je raconterai
    - I will tell
    tu raconteras
    - you will tell (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on racontera
    - he, she, it, one will tell
    nous raconterons
    - we will tell
    vous raconterez
    - you will tell (formal or plural)
    ils, elles raconteront
    - they will tell

    Conditional Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    conditionnel

    je raconterais
    - I would tell
    tu raconterais
    - you would tell (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on raconterait
    - he, she, it, one would tell
    nous raconterions
    - we would tell
    vous raconteriez
    - you would tell (formal or plural)
    ils, elles raconteraient
    - they would tell

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    présent de subjonctif

    que je raconte
    - that I may tell
    que tu racontes
    - that you may tell(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on raconte
    - that he, she, it, one may tell
    que nous racontions
    - that we may tell
    que vous racontiez
    - that you may tell(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles racontent
    - that they may tell

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb raconter - the verb ‘to tell’ in French

    Past Participle of raconter is:
    raconté -told.

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

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of raconter - French for tell
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of raconter, the French for tell
    impératif

    raconte
    - tell!
    racontons
    - let’s tell!
    racontez
    - tell!

    Present Participle of raconter

    racontant - telling

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