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

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The English translation of the French verb collaborer is “to collaborate.” The infinitive form, collaborer, is pronounced “koh-lah-boh-reh.”

The word collaborer comes from the Latin word “collaborare” which means “to work together.” In everyday French, collaborer is often used in the L’impératif Présent tense to give commands or orders. It is also used to express requests or suggestions.

Here are three simple examples of its usage in the L’impératif Présent tense, with their respective English translations:

  1. Collaborons ensemble pour réussir ce projet. (Let’s collaborate together to succeed on this project.)
  2. Collaborez avec vos collègues pour trouver une solution. (Collaborate with your colleagues to find a solution.)
  3. Collaborons pour faire de notre mieux. (Let’s collaborate to do our best.)

Table of the L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of collaborer

Pronoun Conjugation Example Usage English Translation
je collabore Je collabore avec mes collègues. I collaborate with my colleagues.
tu collabores Collabores-tu avec d’autres équipes ? Do you collaborate with other teams?
il collabore Il faut qu’il collabore davantage. He needs to collaborate more.
elle collabore Elle sait bien collaborer avec les autres. She knows how to collaborate well with others.
on collaborons Collaborons ensemble pour atteindre notre but. Let’s collaborate together to achieve our goal.
nous collaborons Nous collaborons sur ce projet depuis un mois. We have been collaborating on this project for a month.
vous collaborez Collaborez-vous avec des partenaires internationaux ? Do you collaborate with international partners?
ils collaborent Ils doivent collaborer pour résoudre ce problème. They need to collaborate to solve this problem.
elles collaborent Elles aiment collaborer pour des projets humanitaires. They enjoy collaborating on humanitarian projects.

Other Conjugations for Collaborer.

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

    Imparfait (Imperfect) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb collaborer
   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense Conjugation of the French Verb collaborer  (this article)

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

   

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Collaborer – About the French L’impératif Présent (Imperative Present) Tense

L’impératif Présent is a mood in the French language that is used to give commands, make requests, offer advice, or express a desire in the present tense. It’s a relatively simple tense and is used to address someone directly. Let’s dive into its usage, conjugation, and interactions with other tenses:
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Usage

Giving commands

You use l’impératif présent to give direct commands or orders. It is often used in informal and formal situations to tell someone to do or not do something. For example:

   – Mange ta soupe. (Eat your soup.)
   – Ferme la porte. (Close the door.)

Making requests

You can also use the imperative to make polite requests. In this case, it is a gentler way to ask someone to do something. For example:
  
   – Parle plus lentement, s’il te plaît. (Speak more slowly, please.)

Offering advice

It’s common to use l’impératif to give advice or suggestions:
   – Étudie bien pour ton examen. (Study well for your exam.)

Expressing desires

You can express your desires or wishes using the imperative:
   – Amuse-toi bien à la fête. (Have a good time at the party.)

Conjugation Formation

To form l’impératif présent, you need to use the base form of the verb without the subject pronoun (tu, nous, vous, etc.). The conjugation varies depending on the type of verb:
Regular -ER verbs (e.g., parler)
  – Tu: Parle (speak)
  – Nous: Parlons (let’s speak)
  – Vous: Parlez (speak)
Regular -IR verbs (e.g., finir)
  – Tu: Finis (finish)
  – Nous: Finissons (let’s finish)
  – Vous: Finissez (finish)
Regular -RE verbs (e.g., vendre)
  – Tu: Vends (sell)
  – Nous: Vendons (let’s sell)
  – Vous: Vendez (sell)
Irregular verbs (e.g., être, avoir, aller)
  – Tu: Sois (be), aie (have), va (go)
  – Nous: Soyons (let’s be), ayons (let’s have), allons (let’s go)
  – Vous: Soyez (be), ayez (have), allez (go)

Interactions with other tenses

L’impératif is used exclusively in the present tense and does not interact with other tenses in the same way as indicative or subjunctive moods. 
It’s used for direct commands and requests in the here and now. However, in more formal or written contexts, you might find the imperative used with expressions like “quand tu auras fini” (when you have finished) or “dès que tu seras prêt” (as soon as you are ready), which introduce a future action while maintaining the imperative mood for the main verb.
For example:
– Quand tu auras fini ton travail, viens me voir. (When you have finished your work, come see me.)
In this case, the imperative is used in conjunction with future actions, but it’s still employed for the main verb to convey a sense of directness or immediacy.

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