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CHERCHER - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - PRESENT
CHERCHER is a regular verb 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jecherche
tucherches
ilcherche
nouscherchons
vouscherchez
ilscherchent
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenecherchepas 
tunecherchespas 
ilnecherchepas 
nousnecherchonspas 
vousnecherchezpas 
ilsnecherchentpas 
[CHERCHER]
CHERCHER
TO LOOK FOR,  TO SEARCH FOR
It means that it’s easy to learn because it has a predictable pattern. CHERCHER belongs to the 1st group, regular. All regular verbs belonging to this 1st group have the same ending: -ER.

Good
news: 70% of all French verbs are regular. So relax!
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

WHAT'S A TENSE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB CHERCHER
What can you do with the present tense ? 
passé récent
negative?
jeviensdechercher
tuviensdechercher
ilvientdechercher
nousvenonsdechercher
vousvenezdechercher
ilsviennentdechercher
passé récent
positive?
jenevienspasdechercher 
tunevienspasdechercher 
ilnevientpasdechercher 
nousnevenonspasdechercher 
vousnevenezpasdechercher 
ilsneviennentpasdechercher 
futur proche
negative?
jevaischercher
tuvaschercher
ilvachercher
nousallonschercher
vousallezchercher
ilsvontchercher
futur proche
positive?
jenevaispaschercher 
tunevaspaschercher 
ilnevapaschercher 
nousn'allonspaschercher 
vousn'allezpaschercher 
ilsnevontpaschercher 
impératif
negative?
cherche
cherchons
cherchez
impératif
positive?
 
necherchepas 
 
necherchonspas 
necherchezpas 
 
Well, with the present tense you can describe actions which are occurring now, in the present. But you can do many other things with it too. Look below and you will see that, in French, you can use the present tense combined with other features in such a way that it means something totally different.
IMPÉRATIF

The French imperative (the command tense) of 1st group verbs is very easy to learn. It is used to express command or a request. It's actually the normal present tense but a shorter version.

It is formed
by dropping the "I, you, he, she, we, you, they", of the present tense. Then you erase nearly all the persons but 3; the "you" singular, the "you" plural and the "we" plural.

FUTUR PROCHE

The "futur proche" (near future) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: ALLER.

The NEAR FUTURE
is therefore expressed by ALLER in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in future, you just have to learn ALLER (3rd group, irregular).

PASSÉ RÉCENT

The passé recent (recent past) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: VENIR DE.

The past tense
is therefore expressed by VENIR DE in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in past, you just have to learn VENIR (3rd group, irregular).

THE 3 FRENCH VERB GROUPS 
CHERCHER - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS
What ? Another present tense ? 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jechercherais
tuchercherais
ilchercherait
nouschercherions
vouschercheriez
ilschercheraient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jenechercheraispas 
tunechercheraispas 
ilnechercheraitpas 
nousnechercherionspas 
vousnechercheriezpas 
ilsnechercheraientpas 
What? A second present tense? I don't understand; I thought there was only one present tense! Help!
LE CONDITIONNEL PRÉSENT

The conditional is used in French to express: Courtesy. If you want to be polite in French, use this mood: Je voudrais du café, s'il vous plaît. I would like some coffee, please. An obligation or duty: Nous devrions partir pour prendre le dernier métro. We should leave if we want to get the last train.

Remember
: The French verb DEVOIR + Infinitive is the exact translation for SHOULD: We should leave if we want to catch the last train. The French verb POUVOIR is the exact translation for COULD or WOULD BE ABLE TO: Nous pourrions venir après le déjeuner. We would be able to come after lunch.

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WHAT'S A MOOD ? 
WHAT'S AN INFINITIVE ? 
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FRENCH VERB CHERCHER - THE INDICATIVE MOOD
The indicative mood – Recap. 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jecherche
tucherches
ilcherche
nouscherchons
vouscherchez
ilscherchent
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenecherchepas 
tunecherchespas 
ilnecherchepas 
nousnecherchonspas 
vousnecherchezpas 
ilsnecherchentpas 
The easiest mood! If you want to merely make a statement or ask a question about anything really, you'll use the most common mood, the Indicative Mood. In short, this is the mood we use most of the time; the present, the future, the imperfect you normally use are indicative.
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

CHERCHER - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - VERB CHERCHER
futur
negative?
jechercherai
tuchercheras
ilcherchera
nouschercherons
vouschercherez
ilschercheront
futur
positive?
jenechercheraipas 
tunechercheraspas 
ilnechercherapas 
nousnechercheronspas 
vousnechercherezpas 
ilsnechercherontpas 
imparfait de l'indicatif
negative?
jecherchais
tucherchais
ilcherchait
nouscherchions
vouscherchiez
ilscherchaient
imparfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jenecherchaispas 
tunecherchaispas 
ilnecherchaitpas 
nousnecherchionspas 
vousnecherchiezpas 
ilsnecherchaientpas 
passé simple
negative?
jecherchai
tucherchas
ilchercha
nouscherchâmes
vouscherchâtes
ilscherchèrent
passé simple
positive?
jenecherchaipas 
tunecherchaspas 
ilnecherchapas 
nousnecherchâmespas 
vousnecherchâtespas 
ilsnecherchèrentpas 
PASSÉ SIMPLE

Good news! This past tense is not used in conversional French. Only literary people use it in formal writing, for example, in a novel or a history book. The truth is that this tense is nearly dead. So… You can forget it for the moment (unless your proficiency level is very very high)

IMPARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

This is a past tense. It is use to indicate repetition in the past or a habit in the past: Nous allions au restaurant tous les jours. We used to go to the restaurant every day.

It is also
the tense you must use when describing an action in the past: Il était heureux quand je l'ai vu. He was happy when I saw him.

FUTUR

This tense expresses an action which will take place at some time in the future. Nous irons en Chine l'hiver prochain. We will go to China next summer

WHAT'S A COMPOUND TENSE ? 
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
More about The indicative mood! 
passé composé
negative?
j'aicherché
tuascherché
ilacherché
nousavonscherché
vousavezcherché
ilsontcherché
passé composé
positive?
jen'aipascherché 
tun'aspascherché 
iln'apascherché 
nousn'avonspascherché 
vousn'avezpascherché 
ilsn'ontpascherché 
In French there are 7 compound tenses. But only 4 of them belong to the INDICATIVE.
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ

The Past Indefinite or Compound Past is used in everyday French. It's the informal past tense. It's used when people want to talk about facts, about actions which are finished in the past.

If you want
to describe your day at school or at the office, for example, you must use the Compound Past. There is no other way to do it.

If you want
to know what a compound tense is, go to the tab on the left hand side which says: "What's a compound tense?". Clever!?

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WHAT'S A PAST PARTICIPLE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB CHERCHER - VERB CHERCHER
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plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
negative?
j'avaischerché
tuavaischerché
ilavaitcherché
nousavionscherché
vousaviezcherché
ilsavaientcherché
plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'avaispascherché 
tun'avaispascherché 
iln'avaitpascherché 
nousn'avionspascherché 
vousn'aviezpascherché 
ilsn'avaientpascherché 
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
negative?
j'euscherché
tueuscherché
ileutcherché
nouseûmescherché
vouseûtescherché
ilseurentcherché
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'euspascherché 
tun'euspascherché 
iln'eutpascherché 
nousn'eûmespascherché 
vousn'eûtespascherché 
ilsn'eurentpascherché 
futur antérieur
negative?
j'auraicherché
tuaurascherché
ilauracherché
nousauronscherché
vousaurezcherché
ilsaurontcherché
futur antérieur
positive?
jen'auraipascherché 
tun'auraspascherché 
iln'aurapascherché 
nousn'auronspascherché 
vousn'aurezpascherché 
ilsn'aurontpascherché 
It's really easy to understand compound tenses when you realise that:
*
The second part is always the same (It's like the –ed form in English; it's always the same in compound tenses).
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But, the first part is not always in present tense. Remember the Compound past? J'ai préparé des spaghetti. (Literally: I have prepared spaghetti). This 1st part is in the present tense!

Now
, Look at the following tense: the pluperfect (le Plus-que-parfait):
J'avais préparé des spaghetti.
(I had prepared spaghetti). "I had" is not a present tense: it's the imperfect of TO HAVE. Thus, The pluperfect in English is identical to French; the first part of the tense is in the past.

Now
, look at this tense in English (tricky one): "I will have prepared spaghetti". The 1st part is "will have" (It's a future – The tense is called Future perfect and yes, it's English). In French, we will say: J'aurai préparé des spaghetti ("j'aurai" is TO HAVE in the future).
FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR

The Future Perfect or Future Anterior, is an interesting tense. In French and English, it is used to express an action which will happen in the future before another future action.

In English
we commonly use Shall have or will have + the Past participle.

See
the following example: When she calls me tomorrow, I shall have finished my report (Quand elle appellera demain, j'aurai fini mon rapport).

PASSÉ ANTÉRIEUR DE L'INDICATIF

Past Anterior. This tense is not very used in French; it's a literary tense (writing only). So, unless you are a writer and/or you want to read Balzac, you can put it aside for the moment.

PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

The pluperfect or Past Perfect Indicative is used to express an action which happened in the past before another past action.

Tricky?
No. Look at the following example: "I had seen the movie he told us about." "I had seen" is the Pluperfect. You might never have seen this structure because in English, it's not really used. But it's perfectly correct. First someone told us about a movie (Past tense), second, I had seen it before (Action of "seeing" before the action of "telling"). Both tense are in the Past.

WHAT'S A PRESENT PARTICIPLE? 
FRENCH VERB CHERCHER - THE CONDITIONAL MOOD
The Conditional Mood 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jechercherais
tuchercherais
ilchercherait
nouschercherions
vouschercheriez
ilschercheraient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jenechercheraispas 
tunechercheraispas 
ilnechercheraitpas 
nousnechercherionspas 
vousnechercheriezpas 
ilsnechercheraientpas 
It refers to actions / events which would, should or could happen in the future if certain conditions were met. In short, when an English speaker wants to use WOULD, SHOULD or COULD; she / he uses the conditional mood. Look at the following simple tense in conditional:
THE CONDITIONAL AND JOURNALISM

The conditional is often used in journalistic language. When journalists want to state something as an "alleged" fact, or doesn't wish to state something definitely true they use the conditional.

It is
also used in French as "could" and "would" are in English to make a request more polite: Je voudrais réserver une table pour deux, s'il vous plaît. (I would like to book a table for two, please.)

WHAT'S A TRANSITIVE VERB? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB CHERCHER
The conditional's compound tense! 
le conditionnel passé
negative?
j'auraischerché
tuauraischerché
ilauraitcherché
nousaurionscherché
vousauriezcherché
ilsauraientcherché
le conditionnel passé
positive?
jen'auraispascherché 
tun'auraispascherché 
iln'auraitpascherché 
nousn'aurionspascherché 
vousn'auriezpascherché 
ilsn'auraientpascherché 
The conditional has only one compound tense; the Conditional Perfect (le Conditionnel Passé).
LE CONDITIONNEL PASSÉ

The Conditional Perfect. Is used to express an action or an event that you would have done if something else had been possible. "Would have" could be translated by the French conditional "j'aurais".

"Done"
is the past participle of to do (fait).

WHAT IS A SUBORDINATE CLAUSE? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB CHERCHER - VERB CHERCHER
The Subjunctive mood 
présent du subjonctif
negative?
quejecherche
quetucherches
qu'ilcherche
quenouscherchions
quevouscherchiez
qu'ilscherchent
présent du subjonctif
positive?
quejenecherchepas
quetunecherchespas
qu'ilnecherchepas
quenousnecherchionspas
quevousnecherchiezpas
qu'ilsnecherchentpas
imparfait du subjonctif
negative?
quejecherchasse
quetucherchasses
qu'ilcherchât
quenouscherchassions
quevouscherchassiez
qu'ilscherchassent
imparfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejenecherchassepas
quetunecherchassespas
qu'ilnecherchâtpas
quenousnecherchassionspas
quevousnecherchassiezpas
qu'ilsnecherchassentpas
The Subjunctive mood is used in French much more than in English (Actually, most English speakers don't know that it even exists!). But the Subjunctive is quite commonly used in English to express an idea contrary to a fact: "If I were you, I would learn a second language". In French, it is a very common tense. You'll use it if you want to express a wish, a fear, a doubt or a supposition.
IMPARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Imperfect subjunctive is not in use anymore. You'll find it in literature and old poetry. This tense is also rarely used in English.

PRÉSENT DU SUBJONCTIF

The subjunctive is used mainly in subordinate clause. It means that in the majority of cases where the subjunctive is used, there is no other choice; it is required after some specific expression. These expression express fear, doubt, supposition and wish.

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WHAT'S AN INTRANSITIVE VERB? 
FRENCH VERB CHERCHER - THE SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD
The subjunctive mood and compound tenses 
passé du subjonctif
negative?
quej'aiecherché
quetuaiescherché
qu'ilaitcherché
quenousayonscherché
quevousayezcherché
qu'ilsaientcherché
passé du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'aiepascherché
quetun'aiespascherché
qu'iln'aitpascherché
quenousn'ayonspascherché
quevousn'ayezpascherché
qu'ilsn'aientpascherché
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
negative?
quej'eussecherché
quetueussescherché
qu'ileûtcherché
quenouseussionscherché
quevouseussiezcherché
qu'ilseussentcherché
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'eussepascherché
quetun'eussespascherché
qu'iln'eûtpascherché
quenousn'eussionspascherché
quevousn'eussiezpascherché
qu'ilsn'eussentpascherché
spe The subjunctive mood has also compound tenses. The following ones are not very common in every day French conversation. They are actually quite rare.
PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Pluperfect or Past Perfect Subjunctive is rarely used in French and in English.

This tense
is avoided in conversational informal writing and speaking. It is useful if you read a lot of French literature from the 19th century.

PASSÉ DU SUBJONCTIF

The past or perfect subjunctive expresses a past action which is in relation to the present time.

This tense
is very rarely used in English but quite common in French. Il est probable qu'elle ait téléphoné (It's probable she may have called)

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