The French for think is the verb penser

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    French for think is the regular ER verb penser, covered here in all the tenses used in modern French.

     

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb penser - French for think

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of penser, which is French for think.
    • I think.
    • you thought.
    • he will think.
    • we would think.
    • they may think.

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

    think
    pense penses pense pensons pensez pensent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    thought
    pensais pensais pensait pensions pensiez pensaient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    thought
    pensai pensas pensa pensâmes pensâtes pensèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will think
    penserai penseras pensera penserons penserez penseront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would think
    penserais penserais penserait penserions penseriez penseraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may think
    pense penses pense pensions pensiez pensent
    Compound Tenses penser
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have thought
    ai pensé as pensé a pensé avons pensé avez pensé ont pensé
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had thought
    avais pensé avais pensé avait pensé avions pensé aviez pensé avaient pensé
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have thought
    aurais pensé aurais pensé aurait pensé aurions pensé auriez pensé auraient pensé
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    think!
    pense pensons pensez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of penser the French for think
    présent de l’indicatif

    je pense
    - I think
    tu penses
    - you think - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on pense
    - he, she, it, one thinks
    nous pensons
    - we think
    vous pensez
    - you think (formal or plural)
    ils, elles pensent
    - they think

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    je pensais
    - I thought
    - I was thinking
    tu pensais
    - you thought- (familiar or informal)
    - you were thinking
    il, elle, on pensait
    - he, she, it, one thought
    - he, she, it, one was thinking
    nous pensions
    - we thought
    - we were thinking
    vous pensiez
    - you thought- (formal or plural)
    - you were thinking
    ils, elles pensaient
    - they thought
    - they were thinking

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    passé simple

    je pensai
    - I thought
    tu pensas
    - you thought- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on pensa
    - he, she, it, one thought
    nous pensâmes
    - we thought
    vous pensâtes
    - you thought- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles pensèrent
    they thought
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    futur

    je penserai
    - I will think
    tu penseras
    - you will think (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on pensera
    - he, she, it, one will think
    nous penserons
    - we will think
    vous penserez
    - you will think (formal or plural)
    ils, elles penseront
    - they will think

    Conditional Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    conditionnel

    je penserais
    - I would think
    tu penserais
    - you would think (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on penserait
    - he, she, it, one would think
    nous penserions
    - we would think
    vous penseriez
    - you would think (formal or plural)
    ils, elles penseraient
    - they would think

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    présent de subjonctif

    que je pense
    - that I may think
    que tu penses
    - that you may think(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on pense
    - that he, she, it, one may think
    que nous pensions
    - that we may think
    que vous pensiez
    - that you may think(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles pensent
    - that they may think

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb penser - the verb ‘to think’ in French

    Past Participle of penser is:
    pensé -thought.

    Because the past participle is used with the various tenses of the verb - to have - avoir, to construct the four main compound tenses, its importance is highlighted. Once you have mastered avoir, you have mastered the key to constructing compound verbs in French.
    • I have thought
    • you had thought
    • he will have thought
    • we would have thought

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of penser - French for think
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of penser, the French for think
    impératif

    pense
    - think!
    pensons
    - let’s think!
    pensez
    - think!

    Present Participle of penser

    pensant - thinking

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