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Venir Conjugation: How To Conjugate To Come In French

Venir Conjugation: How To Conjugate To Come In French

How to conjugate venir (to come) in French

Venir means “to come” and is one of the most commonly used verbs in the French language. The conjugation of venir in the present tense is: je viens (I come), tu viens (you come), il/elle vient (he, she comes), nous venons (we come), vous venez (you come, plural and formal) and ils/elles viennent (they come).

Venir (to come in French) conjugated in the present tense:

je viens I come
tu viens you come
il/elle vient he/she comes
nous venons we come
vous venez you come
ils, elles viennent they come
Je suis venu(e) I came

Venir is an irregular verb. This means that it has different endings than other regular ir verbs when conjugated in the present tense.

In in addition, in the passé composé (a commonly used French tense), venir uses être as an auxiliary (helping) verb.

Common uses of venir

The most common use of venir is simply to state where once is coming from. For example:

  • Je viens de France. I’m from France.
  • Il vient de Londres. He’s from London.

The second most common usage of venir is to express “to just + verb”. The grammatical construction is venir de + infinitive. For example:

  • Je viens de manger. I just ate.
  • Elle vient de finir son travail. She just finished her work.

The construction venir à + infinitive means to end up, to come or to eventually do something. For example:

  • S’il vient à faire plus doux, on ne pourra plus faire du ski. If the weather ends up warming more, we won’t be able to ski anymore.

Venir conjugation table – quick glance

The follow table provides a quick glance at how to conjugate the French verb venir (to come) in six major tenses.

Conjugation chart for the French verb venir (to come) in six major tenses.

Venir conjugation tables – with example sentences

In the following section we’ll look at the verb venir in all six major tenses with example sentences.

Present tense

In the French present tense, je viens can translate to both “I come” and “I am coming”.

Je viensI comeJe viens de Paris. I am from Paris.
Tu viensYou come (singular informal)Tu viens de LondresYou are from London.
Il/elle vientHe/she comesElle vient de France.She is from France.
Nous venonsWe comeNous venons de la plage. We are coming from the beach.
Vous venezYou come (formal, plural)Vous venez du magasin.You are coming from the store.
Ils/elles viennentThey comeIls viennent de Montréal.They are from Montreal.

Passé composé

The following table provides the conjugation of venir in the passé composé with example sentences.

Je suis venu(e)I cameJe suis venu hier. I came yesterday.
Tu es venu(e) You came (informal singular)Tu es venu avec Marc. You came with Marc.
Il/elle est venu(e)He/she cameIl est venu tout seul. He came alone.
Nous sommes venu(e)s.We cameNous sommes venu en janiver.We came in January.
Vous êtes venu(e)(s)You came (formal, plural)Vous êtes venus pour la première fois.You came for the the first time.
Ils/elles sont venu(e)sThey cameIls sont venus pour faire du ski.They came to ski.

Imperfect

The following table provides conjugation of venir in the imperfect tense. This page on our site covers the imperfect tense in detail.

Je venaisI was coming/used to comeJe venais une fois par semaine.I used to come once weekly.
Tu venaisYou were coming/used to come (informal singular)Tu venais avant Julie. You used to come before Julie.
Il/elle venaitHe/she was coming/used to comeElle venait de la plage. She was coming from the beach.
Nous venionsWe were coming/used to comeNous venions chaque année.We used to come every year.
Vous veniezYou were coming/used to come (formal, plural)Vous veniez d'y aller souvent.You used to go often.
Ils/elles venaientThey were coming/used to comeIls venaient un peu plus ouvent.They used to come a bit more often.

Future tense

The following table is of venir in the futur simple tense. This page on our site covers the two main French future tenses.

Je viendraiI will comeJe viendrai demain. I will come tomorrow.
Tu viendrasYou will come (singular informal)Tu viendras en mars.You will come in March.
Il/elle viendraHe/she will comeElle viendra avec Martin. She will come with Martin.
Nous viendronsWe will comeNous viendrons en hiver.We will come in the winter.
Vous viendrezYou will come (plural, formal)Vous viendrez en avril.You will come in April.
Ils/elles viendrontThey will comeIls viendront avec la famille.They will come with the family.

Conditional tense

The following table covers venir in the conditional our “would” tense. This page on our site covers the conditional tense in detail.

Je viendraisI would comeJe viendrais mais je suis occupé.I would come but I'm busy.
Tu viendraisYou would come (informal singular)Tu viendrais si tu avais le temps.You would come if you had the time.
Il/elle viendraitHe/she would comeElle viendrait mais ce n'est pas possible.She would come but it's not possible.
Nous viendrionsWe would comeNous vendrions mais c'est trop loin. We would come but it's too far.
Vous viendriezYou would come (formal plural)You viendriez mais vous devez travailler.You would come but you have to work.
Ils/elles viendraientThey would comeIls viendraient mais ils n'ont pas de voiture.They would come but they don't have a car.

Subjunctive mood

The following table covers venir in the subjunctive mood. This page on our site covers the French subjunctive in detail.

que je viennethat I comeIl faut que je vienne. I have to come.
que tu viennesthat you come (singular infomral)Je veux que tu viennes.I want you to come.
qu'il/elle viennethat he/she comesJe doute qu'il vienne. I doubt he's coming.
que nous venionsthat we comeIls sont heureux que nous venions.They're happy we're coming.
que vous veniezthat you come (formal, plural)Il faut que vous veniez.You have to come.
qu'ils/elles viennentthat they comeJe ne sais pas s'ils viennent.I don't know if they're coming.

Conclusion: Venir – video lesson

The following video from Alexa explains how to conjugate venir in five main tenses.

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