The present participle in French

French Grammar tips with Frantastique.
Learn French online and test Frantastique for free.

TEST YOUR FRENCH
Free with no obligation to buy.

The present participle

The participe présent (present participle) is a form of verb similar to the English ‘-ing’ form. It is invariable and always ends with -ant.
Les personnes portant un chapeau sont priées de se présenter à l’accueil. People wearing a hat are requested to report to reception.
We often use it in the same way as a relative clause introduced by qui (who).
Les personnes dansant sur la table sont mes amis = Les personnes qui dansent sur la table sont mes amis. The people dancing on the table are my friends.
To form the present participle → the radical (1st person plural or nous form of the present) + -ant.
Infinitive
Present
Present participle
Arriver
nous arrivons
arrivant
Pouvoir
nous pouvons
pouvant
Finir
nous finissons
finissant
Here are a couple of irregular verbs:
Avoir
ayant
Être
étant


Learn more about French grammar with us. Still having difficulties with 'The present participle'? Want to improve your French? Test our online French lessons and receive a free level assessment!



What our users say:

Pleasure

         

I enjoy doing my online French lessons. Only ten minutes daily are enough...Thank you!

Innovative

         

I love your innovative method which allows me to learn a new language and have fun at the same time!

Unique

         

Your method is unique! Your courses have helped me to progress and gain confidence during my travels.

Progress

         

Gymglish has allowed me to improve my French. A daily routine I wouldn't miss for anything in the world!

More testimonials.


Looking to improve French for beginners? Frantastique provides effective and fun training!

Tips for learning 'The present participle'? Share them with us!