French verb acheter . . . to buy

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The word in French for 'to buy' is acheter


Here is the fully conjugated French verb acheter,with some practise sentences using some of the conjugations of acheter - the verb to buy in French.Learn your French conjugations here at the Learn French Help onlinelanguage school, and try out the sample French sentences which putthese conjugated verbs into practical examples. For regular updates of verbsadded to this site click on the RSS feed button on the top left of the screen,and you will be automatically notified whenever a new French word or verbappears on the site. The infinitive of the French verb acheter means to buy.

 

Present Participle of acheter

The present participle of acheter is: achetant - buying

Past Participle of acheter

The past participle of acheteris: acheté acheté - bought.
The past participle is very important as it is used to formthe various compound tenses, four of which are used in modernFrench conversation and writing. Check out the tenses in the tables below andthe sample sentences with them.

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The 5 Simple Tenses of the French verb acheter - to buy Conjugated


Present Indicative Tense conjugations of acheter
présent de l'indicatif

j' achète
- I buy
tu achètes
- you buy - ( familiar or informal )
il, elle, on achète
- he, she, it, one buy
nous achetons
- we buy
vous achetez
- you buy ( formal or plural )
ils, elles achètent
- they buy

Example French sentence of the verb acheterconjugated in the present indicative tense:

J’ achète du pain tous les jours.
I bought bread every day.


Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of acheter
imparfait de l'indicatif

j'achetais
- I bought
tu achetais
- you bought - ( familiar or informal )
il, elle, on achetait
- he, she, it, one bought
nous achetions
- we bought
vous achetiez
- you bought - ( formal or plural )
ils, elles achetaient
- they bought

Example sentence of the French verb acheterconjugated in the imperfect indicative tense:

Il y a quelques années, nous achetions beaucoup plus de livresqu’aujourd’hui.
A few years ago, we bought many more books than today.


Future Tense conjugations of acheter
futur

j' achèterai
- I will buy
tu achèteras
- you will buy ( familiar or informal )
il, elle, on achètera
- he, she, it, one will buy
nous achèterons
- we will buy
vous achèterez
- you will buy ( formal or plural )
ils, elles achèteront
- they will buy

Example French sentence of the verb acheterconjugated in the future tense:

Vous achèterez un gâteau pour le dessert.
You will buy a cake for the dessert.


Conditional Tense conjugations of acheter
conditionnel

j'achèterais
- I would buy
tu achèterais
- you would buy ( familiar or informal )
il, elle, on achèterait
- he, she, it, one would buy
nous achèterions
- we would buy
vous achèteriez
- you would buy ( formal or plural )
ils, elles achèteraient
- they would buy

Example sentence of the French verb acheterconjugated in the conditional tense:

Ils achèteraient des cigarettes s`ils fumaient.
They would buy cigarettes if they smoked.


Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of acheter
présent du subjonctif

Que j’achète
- that I may buy
Que tu achètes
- that you may buy ( familiar or informal )
Qu’il, elle, on achète
- that he, she, it, one may buy
Que nous achetions
- that we may buy
Que vous achetiez
- that you may buy ( formal or plural )
Qu’ils, elles achètent
- that they may buy

Example sentence of the French verb acheterconjugated in the present subjunctive tense:

Viens avec moi pour que je t'achète le dernier livre de Stephen King !
Come with me so that I may buy you the last Stephen King's book !


The Four Compound Tenses of the French verb acheter - the verb 'to buy' in French


Compound Past or PastIndefinite Tense conjugations of acheter
passé composé

j'ai acheté
- I have bought or I did buy or
- I bought
tu as acheté
- you have bought or you did buy - ( familiar or informal ) or
- you bought
il, elle, on a acheté
- he, she, it, one has buy or did buy
- he, she, it bought
nous avons acheté
- we have bought or we did buy
- we bought
vous avez acheté
- you have bought or you did buy ( formal or plural ) or
- or we bought
ils, elles ont acheté
- they have bought or they did buy
- they bought

Example French sentence of the verb acheterconjugated in the compound past (passé composé) tense:

Est-ce que tu lui as acheté des fleurs pour la Saint Valentin?
Did you buy her some flowers for Valentines Day ?


Past Perfect Indicative or Pluperfect Tense conjugations of acheter - buy in French
plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif

j'avais acheté
- I had bought
tu avais acheté
- you had bought - ( familiar or informal )
il, elle, on avait acheté
- he, she, it, one had bought
nous avions acheté
- we had bought
vous aviez acheté
- you had bought ( formal or plural )
ils, elles avaient acheté
- they had bought

Example sentence of the French verb acheterconjugated in the compound past (passé composé) tense(or pluperfect tense):

Quand il est rentré chezlui, il  a vu que ses parents luiavaient acheté une moto pour son anniversaire.
When he came back home, he saw that his parents had bought him a motorcycle forhis birthday.


Future Perfect or FutureAnterior Tense conjugations of acheter
futur antérieur

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

Example sentence of the French verb acheterconjugated in the future perfect tense:

Quandnous aurons acheté une nouvelle voiture, nous irons à Paris.
When we will have bought a new car, we will go to Paris.


Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of acheter
conditionnel passé

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

Example French sentence of the verb acheterconjugated in the conditional perfect:

J’aurais acheté cet ordinateur s’ il était en solde.
I would have bought this computer if it was on sale.


Imperative Tense conjugations of acheter
impératif

achète
achetons
achetez

Example sentence of the Frenchverb acheterconjugated in the imperative tense (actually the imperative is called a moodrather than a tense):

N’achète pas ces bonbons,tu vas grossir!
Don’t buy these sweets, you willput on weight!


Present Participle of acheter

Achetant- buying

Here is a sample sentence with the present participle of acheter.

En achetant ce produit, vous aurez 50 % de réduction sur le prochainarticle.
By buying this product, you will get a discount of 50 % on the next item.


There are other tenses in French but these are not reallyused in conversation. Hence we have not conjugated the French verb acheter in the following tenses. They are usefulto be aware of, as you may come across them in literature.

Simple Tenses not used much in French conversation these days...

  • The Simple Past (or past definite tense) passé simple. This tense is generally used in formal literature and historic writing. It is used very infrequently nowadays except for the verbs être and avoir which should be learned in these tenses. The passé composé is used in its place these days.
  • Imperfect Subjunctive - imparfait du subjonctif. Again this is used in formal writing and old literature and not used in modern writing or conversation. The present subjunctive is used these days.

Compound Tenses not used often in modern French conversation

  • Past Anterior tense - passé antérieur
  • Past Subjunctive tense - passé du subjonctif
  • Past Perfect subjunctive or pluperfect subjunctive - plus-que-parfait du subjonctif

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