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French grammar - To come - the verb venir

To come - the verb venir

The verb venir means 'to come'. It is an -IR-type verb.

Its present tense conjugations are as follows:

je viens - 'I come'

tu viens - 'you (familiar) come'

il & elle vient - 'he comes' or 'she comes'

nous venons - 'we come'

vous venez - 'you (plural) come' or 'you (formal) come'

ils & elles viennent - 'they come'

Recall that the present tense in French could mean the simple present (eg. 'I come everyday') or the present continuous (eg, 'I am coming at the moment').

Examples:
je viens
I come / I am coming
tu viens
you (familiar) come / you are coming
il vient
he comes / he is coming
elle ne vient pas
she does not come / she is not coming
nous venons
we come / we are coming
vous venez
you (plural or informal) come / you are coming
ils ne viennent pas
they don't come / they are not coming
elles viennent
they (females) come / they are coming
Qui vient avec Pierre ?
Who is coming with Peter?
Louis vient avec Pierre.
Louis is coming with Pierre.
Pourquoi viennent-ils ?
Why are they coming?
Ils viennent pour une tasse de thé.
They are coming for a cup of tea.