By Malcolm Offord
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The Subgroup 5 verbs, commencer and manger, etc, form their past historic tense according to the principles presented above – see 20. The following endings are added to the stem. singular –ai –as –a plural ˆ –ames ˆ –ates –`erent 76 Examples of Group 1 –er verbs porter ˆ ˆ je portai, tu portas, il/elle/on porta, nous portames, vous portates, ils/elles port`erent commencer je commenc¸ai, tu commenc¸as, il/elle/on commenc¸a, nous ˆ ˆ commenc¸ames, vous commenc¸ates, ils/elles commenc`erent manger ˆ je mangeai, tu mangeas, il/elle/on mangea, nous mangeames, vous ˆ mangeates, ils/elles mang`erent aller ˆ ˆ j’allai, tu allas, il/elle alla, nous allames, vous allates, ils/elles all`erent 77 Past historic tense of Group 2 –ir verbs All Subgroup 1 and Subgroup 3 (cueillir) verbs and many Subgroup 2 verbs form their past historic tense in the same way.
83 Group 3 –re verbs with stem variation conduire: the stem acquires an –s–, as follows je conduisis, tu conduisis, il/elle/on conduisit, nous conduisˆımes, vous conduisˆıtes, ils/elles conduisirent craindre, joindre and other verbs in –aindre/–oindre: the stem changes from –aind/–oind to –aign/–oign. craindre je craignis, tu craignis, il/elle/on craignit, nous craignˆımes, vous craignˆıtes, ils/elles craignirent joindre – je joignis, nous joignˆımes dire and rire – the –i– of the stem is absorbed into the ending; consequently at times the verb form is the same as the present tense.
However, the stem undergoes variation in a few cases – see 48. Future tense singular plural –erai –erons –eras –erez –era –eront Conditional tense singular plural –erais –erions –erais –eriez –erait –eraient For all Group 2 –ir verbs (except cueillir – see 51), the following endings are added to the stem – Future tense singular –irai –iras –ira plural –irons –irez –iront Conditional tense singular plural –irais –irions –irais –iriez –irait –iraient For Group 3 –re verbs, the following endings are added to the stem.
A Student Grammar of French by Malcolm Offord