Daily Verb Lesson: French for lie is mentir

The French for lie is the irregular IR verb mentir.
To remember this, imagine the man lying says, "What I MEANT 'ERE is that I did not have sax with that woman!"
Mentir can also mean: to tell lies; to be misleading.
Related words include:
  - se mentir (sur) (vr) : to fool/lie to oneself or one another (about).
  - le mensonge (nm) : lie.
  - un gros mensonge (nm) : a big lie.
  - le détecteur de mensonge (nm) : lie detector.

Verbs ending in -tir conjugated in this way include: sentir, consentir, mentir, partir, repartir, sortir and their compounds.

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           to lie : mentir
Imagine the man lying says, "What I MEANT 'ERE
is that I did not have sax with that woman!"
Simple Tenses mentir    Present Participle: mentant

mens mens ment mentons mentez mentent
Past Imperfect
mentais mentais mentait mentions mentiez mentaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

mentis mentis mentit mentîmes mentîtes mentirent

will lie
mentirai mentiras mentira mentirons mentirez mentiront

would lie
mentirais mentirais mentirait mentirions mentiriez mentiraient
Present Subjunctive

may lie
mente mentes mente mentions mentiez mentent
Compound Tenses mentir     Past Participle: menti
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have lied
ai menti as menti a menti avons menti avez menti ont menti
Past Perfect

had lied
avais menti avais menti avait menti avions menti aviez menti avaient menti
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have lied
aurai menti auras menti aura menti aurons menti aurez menti auront menti
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have lied
aurais menti aurais menti aurait menti aurions menti auriez menti auraient menti

mens ! mentons ! mentez !
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