Like any decent Latin-based language, French has hair-raising conjugation – the verb changes form with fashion, tense, person and number. Add to this the concordance of tenses, past participle agreement or grammatical exceptions and you get an idea of the festivities!
Conjugation is not THAT difficult, in fact:
Endings are always the same, regardless of tense, according to the group (one of three), the verb belongs to:
Stem changing verbs: out of the six (I, you, he/she/it, we, plural or respectful you, they) learning only three is enough: I, we, they.
- Then adding the above-mentioned endings on the other three will do the trick.
- Tenses: learning only 3 will allow you to know the most important tenses and modes, as they are derived from those:
- Present (used to form both imperfect and subjunctive)
- Future (used to form conditional as well)
- Past participle used to make all past tenses, more importantly: passé composé.