Les Verbes en -eindre et –aindre

Verbs ending in -eindre and –aindre


Among the -re verbs, some verbs ending in -eindre or -aindre can be grouped together.
Verbs like peindre (to paint) include teindre (to dye), ceindre (to encircle), feindre (to feign), craindre (to fear), plaindre (to pity), and se plaindre (to complain). Let’s conjugate the verb peindre:

je peins -  I paint
tu peins -  you paint
il/elle peint -  he/she paints
nous peignons  - we paint
vous peignez -  you paint
ils/elles peignent  - they paint
Le peintre peint le plafond de l’opéra.
The painter is painting the ceiling of the opera.
Vous peignez un tableau abstrait.
You are painting an abstract painting.

Craindre follows a similar pattern.
je crains -  I fear
tu crains -  you fear
il/elle craint -  he/she fears
nous craignons -  we fear
vous craignez -  you fear
ils/elles craignent -  they fear
Ils craignent le pire.
They fear the worst.
Il ne craint pas la douleur.
He is not afraid of pain.