Conjugating the Verb “Prendre” in French

Conjugation is an essential aspect of learning any language, and French is no exception. In this blog post, we will focus on the conjugation of the verb “prendre” (to take) in French. Understanding how to properly conjugate this verb will help you express yourself more accurately and confidently in everyday conversations.

Present Tense

In the present tense, “prendre” is conjugated as follows:

  • Je prends – I take
  • Tu prends – You take (informal singular)
  • Il/Elle/On prend – He/She/One takes
  • Nous prenons – We take
  • Vous prenez – You take (formal singular/plural)
  • Ils/Elles prennent – They take

For example:

Je prends un café le matin. – I have a coffee in the morning.

Nous prenons le train pour Paris. – We take the train to Paris.

Past Tenses

When talking about the past, there are two common past tenses used with “prendre”: the passé composé and the imparfait.

The passé composé is formed by using the auxiliary verb “avoir” (to have) followed by the past participle of “prendre.” The past participle of “prendre” is “pris.”

Here is the conjugation of “prendre” in the passé composé:

  • J’ai pris – I took
  • Tu as pris – You took (informal singular)
  • Il/Elle/On a pris – He/She/One took
  • Nous avons pris – We took
  • Vous avez pris – You took (formal singular/plural)
  • Ils/Elles ont pris – They took

For example:

J’ai pris le bus pour aller au travail. – I took the bus to go to work.

Elle a pris une décision difficile. – She made a difficult decision.

The imparfait, on the other hand, is used to describe ongoing or repeated actions in the past. The conjugation of “prendre” in the imparfait is as follows:

  • Je prenais – I used to take
  • Tu prenais – You used to take (informal singular)
  • Il/Elle/On prenait – He/She/One used to take
  • Nous prenions – We used to take
  • Vous preniez – You used to take (formal singular/plural)
  • Ils/Elles prenaient – They used to take

For example:

Quand j’étais jeune, je prenais des cours de danse. – When I was young, I used to take dance lessons.

Nous prenions toujours le même chemin pour aller à l’école. – We always took the same path to go to school.

Future Tense

To talk about actions that will happen in the future, we use the future tense. The conjugation of “prendre” in the future tense is as follows:

  • Je prendrai – I will take
  • Tu prendras – You will take (informal singular)
  • Il/Elle/On prendra – He/She/One will take
  • Nous prendrons – We will take
  • Vous prendrez – You will take (formal singular/plural)
  • Ils/Elles prendront – They will take

For example:

Demain, je prendrai le train pour aller à la plage. – Tomorrow, I will take the train to go to the beach.

Elles prendront des photos pendant leurs vacances. – They will take pictures during their vacation.


Mastering the conjugation of the verb “prendre” is an important step in becoming fluent in French. By understanding and practicing its various tenses, you will be able to express yourself accurately in a wide range of situations. Keep practicing and immersing yourself in the language, and soon you will be able to use “prendre” and other verbs with ease.