Verbe pleuvoir – to rain

Pleuvoir, meaning to rain, exists of course only in the third person singular or ‘il’ form. Because of this, I am just giving one example sentence for each of several tenses here,
but two for the present tense.

PRESENT TENSE

Il pleut beaucoup au mois de juillet. – It rains a lot in the month of July.
Il pleut depuis le matin. – It has been raining since this morning. (Notice that French uses the present tense in this construction, whereas English uses the present perfect continuous tense.)

PERFECT TENSE – PASSE COMPOSE

Il a plu toute la journée. – It rained all day.

FUTURE TENSE

Il pleuvra demain à Paris. – It will rain tomorrow in Paris.

IMPERFECT TENSE

Il pleuvait quand je me suis levé ce matin. – It was raining when I got up this morning.

CONDITIONAL TENSE

Il pleuvrait certainement si nous sortions. – It would be sure to rain if we went out.

PRESENT SUBJUNCTIVE

Je veux qu’il pleuve. – I want it to rain.

There is no imperative of pleuvoir, since it exists only in the third person singular form.

Elizabeth Allen
May 2007