Have you ever tried to conjugate vouloir as you would a regular -ir verb and got the wrong word? Well, let me show you how to do it the right way.
Vouloir is the French verb meaning to want. So, for example if you want to say “I want an orange” that would be “Je veux une orange”, because veux is the conjugation of the verb vouloir for “I”.
This verb is an irregular ir verb which means, it won’t follow the same rules as every other verb ending in ir will.
Present Tense Vouloir Conjugation in French
This is the most common tense that will be used in relation to vouloir, as it will mean that you will be communicating a current want.
Another common way to say “you want” or “do you want?” in French is with “Voulez-vous”. This is just the pronoun and verb switched around and hyphenated but means exactly the same thing.
Also, it is clear in this tense why vouloir is known as an irregular ir verb because the first three conjugations don’t retain the stem of the word.
- Je veux une orange - (I want an orange)
- Nous voulons nous marier bientôt - (We want to get married soon)
Vouloir French Conjugation in the Imperfect Tense
The imperfect tense is past tense, used to talk about what you wanted in the past, so is roughly translated as “I wanted”.
In this tense, vouloir follows the same rules as regular er verbs in how it is conjugated.
Future Tense French Conjugation of Vouloir
This tense will be used when you are talking about what you know that you will want in the future.
|Je||Voudrai||I will want|
|Tu||Voudras||You will want|
|Il/Elle||Voudra||He/she will want|
|Nous||Voudrons||We will want|
|Vous||Voudrez||You will want|
|Ils/Elles||Voudront||They will want|
- Ils voudront bientôt fermer la cuisine - (They will want to be closing the kitchen soon)
French Conjugation in the Conditional Tense of Vouloir
This tense is used to express what you might want in the future, so potentially when talking about possible careers, homes, or activities. As a result, when using this tense, the conjugation of vouloir is usually followed by another verb.
|Je||Voudrais||I would like|
|Tu||Voudrais||You would like|
|Il/Elle||Voudrait||He/she would like|
|Nous||Voudrions||We would like|
|Vous||Voudriez||You would like|
|Ils/Elles||Voudraient||They would like|
The conditional tense and the future tense, have very similar conjugations, and both mean roughly the same thing. This makes it easy to get the pair mixed up, so it is important to pay attention to which is being used.
- Je voudrais habiter à Paris - (I would like to live in Paris)
French Vouloir Conjugation in the Passé Composé Tense
The passé composé combines the conjugated version of “avoir” in the present and past participle tenses of “vouloir” to create this tense.
So, this tense’s conjugation of “vouloir” in French is rather easy to remember if you have learnt how to conjugate the verb “avoir”.
|J’||Ai Voulu||I have wanted|
|Tu||As Voulu||You have wanted|
|Il/Elle||A Voulu||He/she have wanted|
|Nous||Avons Voulu||We have wanted|
|Vous||Avez Voulu||You have wanted|
|Ils/Elles||Ont Voulu||They have wanted|
- Ils ont voulu reprendre l'entreprise pendant un certain temps - (They have wanted to take over the company for some time)
The Pluperfect Tense Vouloir Conjugation in French
French Verb Conjugation of Vouloir in the Subjunctive Tense
The Pluperfect Tense Vouloir Conjugation in French in Subjunctive Tense
Le Passé Historique (Passé simple) Conjugation of Vouloir in French
The Passé Antérieur Tense Conjugation of Vouloir
French Conjugation of Vouloir in the Futur Antérieur Tense
Everyone learns in different ways, so if you think you would learn the French verb conjugation of Vouloir better when you aren’t reading tables there are other resources available.
These include music videos on this conjugation, such as this one, where you can learn the French vouloir conjugation through song.
Alternatively, there is an audiobook available here for not just Vouloir but a variety of different verbs.
Other tenses have different conjugations for these verbs, but these are the most commonly used when talking. As vouloir is an irregular verb, it will not follow the same rules as the other ir verbs, so you will need to learn both the normal ir verb conjugations as well as the French conjugations for vouloir and other irregular verbs.
Another irregular ir verb is voir, meaning to see, the conjugation for which can be found here.
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Thank you Sarah Mason for this great work. Good luck
I accidentally found this excellent but intimidating lesson when I was looking for conjugations for vouloir.
It is challenging but so complete for a beginner in learning oral French.