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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').

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) 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 Pierre?
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.