How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Écrire and Mettre

Two common French verbs: écrire (to write) and mettre (to put) misbehave very much like the irregular verbs lire, dire, and conduire, but for one small difference that sets them in a different group.

Proceed like this to conjugate écrire in present tense:

  1. Drop the -re of the infinitive to find the stem.

  2. Add the ending for the correct subject: -s, -s, and -t for the singular and -vons, -vez, and -vent for the plural.

Here is the complete present tense conjugation of écrire:

j’écris nous écrivons
tu écris vous écrivez
il/elle/on écrit ils/elles écrivent

For mettre, drop the -tre of the infinitive to find the stem. Then add these endings: -s, -s, and nothing for the singular and -tons, -tez, or -tent for the plural. Here is the complete present tense conjugation of mettre:

je mets nous mettons
tu mets vous mettez
il/elle/on met ils mettent
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