French verbs have the reputation to be hard to learn, even to the French speaking people. It is true. However, there is a way to ease into mastering it: learning the grammar rules step by step as easy units instead of attacking the complicated ensemble from the get go. Here is MOLKOÏ’s take on it.
A verb can take different forms as it agrees in:
il est servi
This is what we call conjugation.
- When used in the “passé composé” form, verbs agree in gender.
e.g. Le garçon est revenu. La fille est revenue.
- Verbs are used to express an action (to walk) or a state (to become) at a given time, with indications on the length, the way it is done, etc.
e.g. Elle est en train de travailler (the present action is going to last long).Elle se met à travailler (the present action has just started).