How to Conjugate "Convenir" (to Suit, to Be Suitable)

You May Find This French Verb Conjugation "Suitable"

The word "suit" can be a noun or a verb. In French, the verb is convenir, meaning "to suit" or "to be suitable." As a noun for an article of clothing, there are a few ways to say "suit" and it depends on a number of factors.

Conjugating the French Verb Convenir

French verb conjugations can be a headache for many students and convenir does not make it any easier. That's because it's an irregular verb and does not follow a common conjugation pattern.

However, all French verbs ending in -venir and -tenir are conjugated this way.

To form the proper conjugation, you will need to choose the correct subject pronoun and pair that with the appropriate tense for your sentence. For instance, using the verb stem convien-, you can say "I suit" with "je conviens" and "we will suit" with "nous conviendrons."

SubjectPresentFutureImperfect
jeconviensconviendraiconvenais
tuconviensconviendrasconvenais
ilconvientconviendraconvenait
nousconvenonsconviendronsconvenions
vousconvenezconviendrezconveniez
ilsconviennentconviendrontconvenaient

The Present Participle of Convenir

When you add -ant to the stem of convenir, the present participle convenant is created. This is a verb or can be an adjective, gerund, or noun when necessary.

The Past Participle and Passé Composé

For the past tense "suited," you can use either the imperfect or the passé composé. To form the latter, conjugate the auxiliary verb être for the subject, then add the past participle convenu.

For example, "I suited" is "je suis convenu" and "we found suitable" is "nous sommes convenu."

More Simple Convenir Conjugations

There will also be times when you will use or encounter one of the following conjugations. Both the subjunctive and conditional imply some degree of uncertainty. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are found most often in formal writing.

SubjectSubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
jeconvienneconviendraisconvinsconvinsse
tuconviennesconviendraisconvinsconvinsses
ilconvienneconviendraitconvintconvînt
nousconvenionsconviendrionsconvînmesconvinssions
vousconveniezconviendriezconvîntesconvinssiez
ilsconviennentconviendraientconvinrentconvinssent

The imperative verb form of convenir is easy. When using it, the subject pronoun is not required. Rather than saying "tu conviens," simplify it to "conviens."

 Imperative
(tu)conviens
(nous)convenons 
(vous)convenez
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