Être Present Tense Conjugation

Use the chart, examples, and video below to learn how to conjugate être in the present tense.

Être: Present Tense Conjugation Chart

je suis
tu es
il/elle/on est
nous sommes
vous êtes
ils/elles sont

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Examples: how to conjugate être in present tense

Here are some examples of conjugating être in present form:

Reste où tu es un moment.

Stay where you are for a moment.

Parallèlement, nous sommes également en contact avec les Américains.

At the same time, we are also in touch with the Americans.

Je préférerais dire qu'ils sont corrélés.

I would prefer to say that they are correlated.


  • Être is an irregular verb.
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Reminder of what the French personal pronouns mean:

  • je = I
  • tu = you (singular informal)
  • il/elle = he/she
  • on = we (formal)
  • nous = we (informal)
  • vous= you (singular formal OR plural (both formal and informal))
  • ils/elles = they

How to conjugate être in the present tense - recommended video:

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See how to conjugate être in other tenses:

Conjugate être in the passé composé

Conjugate être in the imperfect

Conjugate être in the future

Conjugate être in the subjunctive