The French for want is the verb désirer

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    French for want is the regular ER verb désirer, laid out here in the most practically formatted verb table.

     

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    The 6 Simple Tenses of the conjugated verb désirer - French for want

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    Here you’ll learn the conjugations of désirer, which is French for want.
    • I want.
    • you wanted.
    • he will want.
    • we would want.
    • they may want.

    The Verb Conjugating Tables below for désirer, encourage you to practise your French verb drills both by PRONOUN (vertically), and by TENSE (horizontally). Keep doing these many times.
  • VERB CONJUGATION TABLE désirer
    Simple Tenses désirer
    TENSE
    je/j’
    tu
    il
    nous
    vous
    ils
    Present
    Présent

    want
    désire désires désire désirons désirez désirent
    Past Imperfect
    Imparfait
    wanted
    désirais désirais désirait désirions désiriez désiraient
    Simple Past
    Passé Simple

    wanted
    désirai désiras désira désirâmes désirâtes désirèrent
    Future
    Futur

    will want
    désirerai désireras désirera désirerons désirerez désireront
    Conditional
    Conditionnel

    would want
    désirerais désirerais désirerait désirerions désireriez désireraient
    Subjunctive
    Subjonctif

    may want
    désire désires désire désirions désiriez désirent
    Compound Tenses désirer
    Present Perfect
    Passé Composé

    have wanted
    ai désiré as désiré a désiré avons désiré avez désiré ont désiré
    Past Perfect
    Plus-que-Parfait

    had wanted
    avais désiré avais désiré avait désiré avions désiré aviez désiré avaient désiré
    Future Perfect
    Futur Antérieur

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

    would have wanted
    aurais désiré aurais désiré aurait désiré aurions désiré auriez désiré auraient désiré
    Imperative
    Imperatif

    want!
    désire désirons désirez

    Present Indicative Tense conjugations of désirer the French for want
    présent de l’indicatif

    je désire
    - I want
    tu désires
    - you want - (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on désire
    - he, she, it, one wants
    nous désirons
    - we want
    vous désirez
    - you want (formal or plural)
    ils, elles désirent
    - they want

    Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    imparfait de l’indicatif

    je désirais
    - I wanted
    - I was wanting
    tu désirais
    - you wanted- (familiar or informal)
    - you were wanting
    il, elle, on désirait
    - he, she, it, one wanted
    - he, she, it, one was wanting
    nous désirions
    - we wanted
    - we were wanting
    vous désiriez
    - you wanted- (formal or plural)
    - you were wanting
    ils, elles désiraient
    - they wanted
    - they were wanting

    Simple Past or Past Definite Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    passé simple

    je désirai
    - I wanted
    tu désiras
    - you wanted- (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on désira
    - he, she, it, one wanted
    nous désirâmes
    - we wanted
    vous désirâtes
    - you wanted- (formal or plural)
    ils, elles désirèrent
    they wanted
    (The passé simple tense is mainly used in literature and books, and is rarely used in spoken French language).

    Future Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    futur

    je désirerai
    - I will want
    tu désireras
    - you will want (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on désirera
    - he, she, it, one will want
    nous désirerons
    - we will want
    vous désirerez
    - you will want (formal or plural)
    ils, elles désireront
    - they will want

    Conditional Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    conditionnel

    je désirerais
    - I would want
    tu désirerais
    - you would want (familiar or informal)
    il, elle, on désirerait
    - he, she, it, one would want
    nous désirerions
    - we would want
    vous désireriez
    - you would want (formal or plural)
    ils, elles désireraient
    - they would want

    Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    présent de subjonctif

    que je désire
    - that I may want
    que tu désires
    - that you may want(familiar or informal)
    qu’il, qu’elle, qu’on désire
    - that he, she, it, one may want
    que nous désirions
    - that we may want
    que vous désiriez
    - that you may want(formal or plural)
    qu’ils, qu’elles désirent
    - that they may want

    The Four Compound Tenses of the French for verb désirer - the verb ‘to want’ in French

    Past Participle of désirer is:
    désiré -wanted.

    These past tenses are all made using the tenses of avoir (to have) and the past participle. Being made of two parts they are called 'compound'.
    • I have wanted
    • you had wanted
    • he will have wanted
    • we would have wanted

    Compound Past, Present Perfect or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of désirer - French for want
    passé composé

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

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

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

    Future Perfect or Future Anterior Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    futur antérieur

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

    Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    conditionnel passé

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

    Imperative Tense conjugations of désirer, the French for want
    impératif

    désire
    - want!
    désirons
    - let’s want!
    désirez
    - want!

    Present Participle of désirer

    désirant - wanting

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