‘Mettre’ (to put) in the present tense in French

‘Mettre’ means ‘to put’ although it does have quite a lot of other English translations (to place, to apply, to lay, to put on etc.) and is an irregular -RE verb in French. It’s a verb that you should definitely know off by heart since it is used heavily in so many contexts. Here are a few handy expressions:


  • Mettre cinq minutes – To take five minutes
  • Mettre la table – To lay the table
  • Mettre une chemise – To put on a shirt
  • Mettre sur la table – To put on the table
  • Mettre la radio – To put the radio on
  • Mettre de la colle – To apply some glue

Mettre in the present tense in French

‘Mettre’ au présent en français (‘To put’ in the present tense in French)Sons (French audio)‘To put’ au présent en français (‘Mettre’ in the present tense in French)
Je mets
I put
Tu mets
You put
Il met
He puts
Elle met
She puts
On met
One puts
Nous mettons
We put
Vous mettez
You put
Ils mettent
They put (male or male and female)
Elles mettent
They put (female)


Check out the lesson on the present tense if you want to learn more about the present tense in French.

Elsewhere on the web - Lawless French

Check the Lawless French lesson about mettre in the present tense for some extra learning.


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