How to Conjugate the Verb 'Créer' (to Create) in French

A New Entry on Your French Verb Conjugation List

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In French, the verb créer means "to create." When you want to change it to another tense like "created" or "creating," you will need to conjugate it. The good news is that this verb is relatively straightforward and similar to the majority of French verbs.

Conjugating the French Verb Créer

French verb conjugations are different than those in English. When conjugating a French verb, we must change the verb ending to match both the subject pronoun and the desired tense. Doing this can be confusing for French students, but it becomes easier with each new verb you learn.

Créer is a regular -ER verb and it follows a very common verb conjugation pattern. Simply pair the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense needed for your sentence. For instance, "I created" is "j'ai créé" and "we will create" is "nous créerons." Practicing these in context will help with memorization.

Subject Present Future Imperfect
je crée créerai créais
tu crées créeras créais
il crée créera créait
nous créons créerons créions
vous créez créerez créiez
ils créent créeront créaient

The Present Participle of Créer

The present participle of créer is créant. This acts as a verb, though it can also become a gerund, adjective, or noun in some contexts.

The Past Participle and Passé Composé

A common way to express the past tense "created" in French is with the passé composé. To construct this, begin with the subject pronoun and the proper conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. Then, add the past participle créé.

As an example, "I created" is "j'ai créé" and "we created" is "nous avons créé." Notice how ai and avons are conjugates of avoir and that the past participle does not change.

More Simple Créer Conjugations

The subjunctive verb mood will be used when the verb is uncertain. Similarly, the conditional implies that something may not happen unless something else also happens. The passé composé and imperfect subjunctive are primarily literary forms and are often found in writing.

While you may not use all these forms, it's important to at least know about them.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
je crée créerais créai créasse
tu crées créerais créas créasses
il crée créerait créa créât
nous créions créerions créâmes créassions
vous créiez créeriez créâtes créassiez
ils créent créeraient créèrent créassent

To express créer in the imperative form is easy. Keep things short and sweet for these assertive sentences and skip the subject pronoun. Rather than "tu crée," use "crée" alone.

Imperative
(tu) crée
(nous) créons
(vous) créez