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Questions relatives aux verbes dont la conjugaison n'est pas complète.

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Why does the verb « clore » have no Imparfait form?

When looking at conjugation lists online (reverso, leconjugeur), the verb « clore » doesn't have any listed forms for the vous, nous (in the present), imparfait or passé simple. Can anyone suggest any ...
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Comment utiliser le verbe « poindre » ?

Certaines tables de conjugaison le considèrent défectif et d'autres non. Poindre se conjuguerait de plusieurs manières ou, en fait, n'y en aurait-il qu'une seule ? Quelle est l'explication ?
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Are falloir, pleuvoir and neiger the only verbs with only 3rd person singular conjugations?

I'm working on improving my French conjugation at the moment. Laura K. Lawless has a page about impersonal verbs but most of them can be conjugated in all persons. The only ones I know of that are ...
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Conjugation of verbs in different voices

I am writing a French conjugation script. I want to add the voices active, passive and pronominal. The question is, which verbs can't be conjugated in a passive voice or/and a pronominal case. I ...
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Subjonctif présent du verbe « choir »

J’ai constaté que le verbe choir n’a pas de subjonctif. Pourtant, en voulant décliner la célèbre formule « à elle de tirer la chevillette pour que la bobinette <choir> » un tel subjonctif m’est ...
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Translating some rare irregular verbs?

I recently compiled for myself a list of all conjugations of every irregular verb in the French language, for over 350 verbs (as close to all of them as I could get.) I also had to translate the ...
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Third person plural for "pleuvoir"?

Apparently the verb pleuvoir can only be conjugated in the third person, but I don't understand why you would ever conjugate it in the plural. If Il pleut means It's raining, what does Ils pleuvent ...
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How is "gésir" a defective verb?

Apparently gésir has an incomplete conjugation—it only works in the present tense. This confuses me. How would I say “I would lie down” or “I will lie down”, etc?
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Quand et comment sont apparus les verbes défectifs ?

Les verbes défectifs sont des verbes dont la conjugaison est incomplète, soit qu'ils ne s'emploient pas à toutes les personnes (falloir), soit qu'ils ne s'emploient pas à tous les temps (gésir et ...
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