Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

Introduction to the verb durcir

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The English translation of the French verb durcir is “to harden” or “to toughen.” It is pronounced as “dur-seer” in its infinitive form.

Durcir comes from the Old French word “durcir,” which comes from the Latin word “durare” meaning “to harden” or “to make hard.” It is most often used in everyday French to describe the process of making something hard or tough, both physically and metaphorically.

1) Les températures froides ont fait durcir l’eau dans les tuyaux. (The cold temperatures have hardened the water in the pipes.)
2) Tu dois durcir ta peau pour faire du travail manuel. (You have to toughen your skin for manual labor.)
3) Le président a promis de durcir les lois sur l’immigration. (The president promised to toughen immigration laws.)

Durcir – About the French Present Tense

The French present tense, also known as “le présent,” is used to describe actions that are happening at the moment of speaking or for actions that are habitual, general truths, or that will occur in the near future. It’s the most basic and common tense in French.

To take a deep dive into all the French tenses then see our article on Mastering French Tense Conjugation.

Common Everyday Usage Patterns For Le Present

1. Describing Actions in the Present: The present tense is used to describe actions happening right now or at the moment of speaking. For example: “Je parle avec mon ami” (I am talking to my friend).
2. Expressing Habits and Routines: The present tense is used to talk about habitual actions or routines. For example: “Je travaille tous les jours” (I work every day).
3. Stating General Truths: The present tense is used to express general truths or facts. For example: “La Terre tourne autour du soleil” (The Earth orbits around the sun).
4. Talking about Near Future: The present tense can be used to express future actions that are very imminent or part of a planned schedule. For example: “Je pars demain matin” (I am leaving tomorrow morning).

Interactions with Other Tenses

Present vs. Future Tense: In some cases, the French present tense can be used to express the future when the context makes it clear that the action is imminent. However, for actions further in the future or less certain, the future tense is typically used.
Present vs. Past Tenses: To describe actions that occurred in the past, you would use the past tenses like the passé composé (compound past) or the imparfait (imperfect). The choice between these past tenses depends on the specific aspect and circumstances of the past action.
Present vs. Conditional Tense: The conditional tense is used to express actions that are dependent on a condition. If a condition is met, the action may happen. The present tense is used for actions in the present, while the conditional is used for hypothetical or future actions based on conditions.
Present vs. Imperative: The imperative mood is used to give commands or make requests. The present tense is used for general statements, and the imperative is used for direct orders or requests.
Understanding the French present tense and its interactions with other tenses is crucial for effective communication in French. Without it, you cannot become proficient!

Table of the Present Tense Conjugation of durcir

Pronoun Conjugation Short Example English Translation
Je durcis Je durcis le tissu. I harden the fabric.
Tu durcis Tu durcis le beurre. You harden the butter.
Il durcit Il durcit la pâte. He hardens the dough.
Elle durcit Elle durcit ses muscles. She hardens her muscles.
On durcit On durcit notre position. We harden our stance.
Nous durcissons Nous durcissons nos règles. We harden our rules.
Vous durcissez Vous durcissez la peinture. You harden the paint.
Ils durcissent Ils durcissent leur attitude. They harden their attitude.
Elles durcissent Elles durcissent leur cœur. They harden their heart.

Other Conjugations for Durcir.

   
    Le Present (Present Tense) Conjugation of the French Verb durcir    (this article)

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Passé Simple (Simple Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Passé Composé (Present Perfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Futur Simple (Simple Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Futur Proche (Near Future) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Plus-que-parfait (Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Passé Antérieur (Past Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    Futur Antérieur (Future Anterior) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    Subjonctif Présent (Subjunctive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    Subjonctif Passé (Subjunctive Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Subjonctif Imparfait (Subjunctive Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    Subjonctif Plus-que-parfait (Subjunctive Pluperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Conditionnel Présent (Conditional Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir
   

    Conditionnel Passé (Conditional Past) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

    L’infinitif Présent (Infinitive Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb durcir

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