Voir Conjugation the Easy Way (All 8 Tenses)

Voir in French is one of the most frequently used verbs. The meaning of voir is “to see”.

This article gives you voir conjugations in the most common indicative tenses of the French language, as well as some hints on how you would use them in everyday speech. This article will also help you to learn correct grammar so your speech and communication skills in French become top notch!

Why only the 8 indicative tenses? Because those are the tenses you’ll hear when practicing your French! There are 13 other tenses but they have more to do with mood and intent. On top of that they’re rarely used, so even if you’re an intermediate or advanced French learner then the indicative 8 are ALL you need!

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French Tenses for Voir Conjugation

  1. Présent. Something that is happening now. This can either be ongoing or instant. Eg: I see. / I’m seeing.
  2. Imparfait (imperfect). Used to describe ongoing, continual or habitual past events. Eg: I was seeing.
  3. Passé simple is not common and normally found in formal or literary contexts. If you’re a beginner or even intermediate French learner then you can safely ignore it for now (but it’s still included below for convenience). Eg: I saw
  4. Passé composé. Widely used to talk about completed past actions. Eg: I saw.
  5. Futur simple (simple future) is used when you intend to describe a general future state of being. Eg: I will see. Once again, beginners can generally ignore this conjugation as there’s a much simpler version (next in list) that will suffice for now.
  6. Futur proche (near future) describes an upcoming action. In English this would be “I am going to see …“. This should be your go to future tense when learning conjugations.
  7. Plus-que-parfait (pluperfect). This tense indicates that an action had taken place and was completed before another past action took place. Eg: I saw it before eating my meal
  8. Passé antérieur is not common at all (just like passé simple), and again is found in formal or literary contexts. Eg: I had seen.
  9. Futur antérieur (future perfect) is used to describe a future action that will be completed in the future before another action is started. For example: I will have seen it before eating breakfast.

Mastering voir conjugation in at least 3 tenses (present, passé composé and futur proche is essential for becoming proficient in French. In fact I would concentrate on these 3 and only study the others when they come up in literature or other contexts.

The following tables also give usage examples of voir used in its respective tense.

Voir Présent Conjugation (Present)

Présent definition: The Présent tense is used to describe actions or states that are happening at the current moment or are generally true. It is the most frequently used tense in all languages. Note that French doesn’t have the present continuous verb tense like in English. Hence, “I see” and “I am seeing” both translate to je vois.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
jevoisI see
tuvoisyou see
il/ellevoithe/she sees
nousvoyonswe see
vousvoyezyou see
ils/ellesvoientthey see
Table – Voir Présent Conjugation (Present)

Example sentences:

  1. Je vois un oiseau dans le ciel. (I see a bird in the sky.)
  2. Tu vois ton ami à la fête. (You see your friend at the party.)
  3. Elle voit le film au cinéma. (She sees the movie at the cinema.)

Voir Imparfait Conjugation (Imperfect)

Imparfait definition: The Imparfait tense is used to describe ongoing or habitual actions from the past. It is commonly used to set the background for other actions in the past. In everyday French it is used to talk about past events or actions that were ongoing. Imparfait is also used to talk about feelings, attitudes, time & date and the weather. In English you may hear this said as “used to”. Eg: I used to see

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
jevoyaisI used to see
tuvoyaisyou used to see
il/ellevoyaithe/she used to see
nousvoyionswe used to see
vousvoyiezyou used to see
ils/ellesvoyaientthey used to see
Table – Voir Imparfait Conjugation (Imperfect)

Example sentences:

  1. Quand j’étais enfant, je voyais souvent la mer. (When I was a child, I used to see the sea often.)
  2. Tu voyais toujours les étoiles la nuit. (You used to see the stars every night.)
  3. Elle voyait son frère tous les jours. (She used to see her brother every day.)

Voir Passé Simple Conjugation (Simple Past)

Passé Simple definition: The Passé Simple manger conjugation is primarily used in written literature, especially within narrative texts such as novels, stories, and historical accounts. In everyday spoken language, the Passé Simple is rarely used but you will see it everywhere in the aforementioned literary works. In meaning there is virtually no difference between this tense and the Passé Composé. Eg: I saw.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
jevisI saw
tuvisyou saw
il/ellevithe/she saw
nousvîmeswe saw
vousvîtesyou saw
ils/ellesvirentthey saw
Table – Voir Passé Simple Conjugation (Simple Past)

Example sentences:

  1. Hier, je vis un magnifique coucher de soleil. (Yesterday, I saw a beautiful sunset.)
  2. Tu vis un vieux château en ruines. (You saw an old castle in ruins.)
  3. Il vit un accident sur l’autoroute. (He saw an accident on the highway.)

Voir Passé Composé Conjugation (Present Perfect)

Passé Composé definition: The Passé Composé tense is used to talk about completed actions in the past. It is one of the most common past tenses and is frequently used in everyday French language. The key fact you need when deciding to use this tense is to ask if the past action have a start and finish in the past. If yes, then Passé Composé is the tense you need! The literal translation is “I have seen” but in English we normally shorten this to “I saw“.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
j’aivuI have seen
tu asvuyou have seen
il/elle avuhe/she has seen
nous avonsvuwe have seen
vous avezvuyou have seen
ils/elles ontvuthey have seen
Table – Voir Passé Composé Conjugation (Present Perfect)

Example sentences:

  1. J’ai déjà vu ce film. (I have already seen this movie.)
  2. Tu as vu ton frère hier soir? (Did you see your brother last night?)
  3. Elle a vu ce musée lors de son voyage. (She saw this museum during her trip.)

Voir Futur Simple Conjugation (Simple Future)

Futur simple definition: The futur simple is used to express an action that will happen in the future. It is commonly used in everyday language when talking about general future plans or intentions. If you find this tense complicated then you can always just use the “aller” form in the next section “futur proche”.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
jeverraiI will see
tuverrasyou will see
il/elleverrahe/she will see
nousverronswe will see
vousverrezyou will see
ils/ellesverrontthey will see
Table – Voir Futur Simple Conjugation (Simple Future)

Example sentences:

  1. Je verrai mes parents ce week-end. (I will see my parents this weekend.)
  2. Est-ce que tu verras le spectacle ce soir? (Will you see the show tonight?)
  3. Elle verra les résultats demain matin. (She will see the results tomorrow morning.)

Voir Futur Proche Conjugation (Near Future)

Futur Proche definition: This is known as the “going to [see]” future tense. It is used to express actions that are planned or about to happen in the near future. It is very commonly used in everyday spoken French. Technically it is not an official tense but is often listed as one.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
jevais voirI am going to see
tuvas voiryou are going to see
il/elleva voirhe/she is going to see
nousallons voirwe are going to see
vousallez voiryou are going to see
ils/ellesvont voirthey are going to see
Table – Voir Futur Proche Conjugation (Near Future)

Example sentences:

  1. Je vais voir un concert ce soir. (I am going to see a concert tonight.)
  2. Tu vas voir tes amis ce week-end? (Are you going to see your friends this weekend?)
  3. Nous allons voir le nouveau musée demain. (We are going to see the new museum tomorrow.)

Voir Plus-que-parfait Conjugation (Pluperfect)

Plus-que-parfait definition: Expresses an action that had happened before some other past action took place. It is commonly used in written language, especially in literature and formal texts.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
j’avaisvuI had seen
tu avaisvuyou had seen
il/elle avaitvuhe/she had seen
nous avionsvuwe had seen
vous aviezvuyou had seen
ils/elles avaientvuthey had seen
Table – Voir Plus-que-parfait Conjugation (Pluperfect)

Example sentences:

  1. J’avais déjà vu ce film avant. (I had already seen this movie before.)
  2. Avant de partir, tu avais vu la note? (Before leaving, had you seen the note?)
  3. Ils avaient vu ce spectacle plusieurs fois. (They had seen this show several times.)

Voir Passé Antérieur Conjugation (Past Anterior)

Passé Antérieur definition: This tense is a literary tense used in formal and historical writing. It is similar in meaning to the Plus-que-parfait tense (Pluperfect) but is considered more archaic and is mostly found in classical literature. As a French speaker you will hardly ever (if at all) use this tense!

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
j’eusvuI had seen
tu eusvuyou had seen
il/elle eutvuhe/she had seen
nous eûmesvuwe had seen
vous eûtesvuyou had seen
ils/elles eurentvuthey had seen
Table – Voir Passé Antérieur Conjugation (Past Anterior)

Example sentences:

  1. Après avoir lu le livre, j’eus vu le film. (After reading the book, I had seen the movie.)
  2. Tu eus vu l’éclipse une fois. (You had seen the eclipse once.)
  3. Elle eut vu l’effet de ses paroles. (She had seen the effect of her words.)

Voir Futur Antérieur Conjugation (Future Perfect)

Futur Antérieur definition: This tense is used to express actions that will have been completed before a specific future point in time. In fact that preceding sentence is an exact example of it, using the phrase “will have seen”. It is used both in written and spoken language.

PronounConjugationEnglish Translation
j’auraivuI will have seen
tu aurasvuyou will have seen
il/elle auravuhe/she will have seen
nous auronsvuwe will have seen
vous aurezvuyou will have seen
ils/elles aurontvuthey will have seen
Table – Voir Futur Antérieur Conjugation (Future Perfect)

Example sentences:

  1. J’aurai vu toutes les expositions d’ici la fin de la semaine. (I will have seen all the exhibitions by the end of the week.)
  2. Tu auras vu le résultat demain matin. (You will have seen the result tomorrow morning.)
  3. Ils auront vu les étoiles briller dans le ciel nocturne. (They will have seen the stars shining in the night sky.)

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Wrap Up

Voir conjugation isn’t too difficult to learn as long as you stick to present, futur proche and imparfait tenses. You can safely ignore the others for now (but do come back when you’re happily proficient in French).

If you’d like to read more about French verbs, conjugation and tenses then check out this article on how to master French verb conjugations. Lot’s of great tips in there if you’re struggling!

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