Languages › French Conjugating the Simple French Tenses of 'Revenir' (to Come Back) "Revenir" is conjugated like all verbs ending in '-venir' and '-tenir' Share Flipboard Email Print Bernd Vogel/Corbis/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 Revenir is a frequently used irregular French verb that is conjugated the same as all other verbs ending in -venir and -tenir. Note that the conjugations in the table below are only those for simple tenses; compound conjugations, which include a form of the auxiliary verb être and the past participle revenu, are not included. Meanings and Expressions of 'Revenir' Revenir is a flexible verb meaning "to come back," "to come back home," "to return" and other related concepts, and it is used in many French idiomatic expressions, such as: Je reviens (tout de suite). > I'll be right back. revenir en arrière > to go back in time; to retrace one's steps revenir cher > to be expensive faire revenir > (in cooking) to brown revenir au point de départ > to go back to the starting point D'où nous revenez-vous ? > Where have you been? Other French Verbs Ending in '-VENIR' Most verbs that, like revenir, end in -venir use être as their auxiliary verb. A few, such as circonvenir, prévenir and se souvenir (see below) use avoir. advenir > to happen circonvenir > to circumvent, get around contrevenir > to contravene convenir > to suit, be suitable devenir > to become intervenir > to intervene parvenir > to reach, achieve prévenir > to warn provenir > to come from, be due to revenir > to come back se souvenir > to remember subvenir > to provide for survenir > to occur, take place French Verbs Ending in '-TENIR' Verbs that end in -tenir follow the same conjugation pattern as verbs like revenir that end in -venir, except -tenir verbs take avoir as their auxiliary verb. s'abstenir > to refrain, abstain from appartenir > to belong to contenir > to contain détenir > to detain entretenir > to look after, support, foster, keep alive maintenir > to maintain obtenir > to obtain retenir > to retain soutenir > to support tenir > to hold, keep How to Memorize French Verb Conjugations Tip: Concentrate on the most useful tenses (présent, imparfait, passé composé) and get used to using them in context. Once you've mastered them, move on to the rest. Training with an audio source such as the French Verb Drills Audiobook Series may also be helpful. There are many liaisons, elisions and modern glidings used with French verbs, and the written form may mislead you into using the wrong pronunciation. Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French Verb 'Revenir' Present Future Imperfect Present participle je reviens reviendrai revenais revenant tu reviens reviendras revenais il revient reviendra revenait Passé composé nous revenons reviendrons revenions Auxiliary verb être vous revenez reviendrez reveniez Past participle revenu ils reviennent reviendront revenaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je revienne reviendrais revins revinsse tu reviennes reviendrais revins revinsses il revienne reviendrait revint revînt nous revenions reviendrions revînmes revinssions vous reveniez reviendriez revîntes revinssiez ils reviennent reviendraient revinrent revinssent Imperative (tu) reviens (nous) revenons (vous) revenez Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "Conjugating the Simple French Tenses of 'Revenir' (to Come Back)." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/revenir-to-come-back-1370851. ThoughtCo. (2020, August 26). Conjugating the Simple French Tenses of 'Revenir' (to Come Back). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/revenir-to-come-back-1370851 ThoughtCo. "Conjugating the Simple French Tenses of 'Revenir' (to Come Back)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/revenir-to-come-back-1370851 (accessed April 18, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Soutenir' ('to Support') Conjugating the Simple French Tenses of "Obtenir" (Obtain, Get) Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Devenir' (to Become) Conjugation of the French Irregular Verb Venir (To Come) All About French Irregular '-ir' Verbs Conjugations of Prévenir (to Warn) in French Conjugating Regular French '-IR' Verbs How to Conjugate the French Verb Tenir A Step-By-Steo Conjugation of "Maintenir" (To Maintain) Conjugations of Appartenir: to Belong How to Conjugate "Convenir" How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Craindre' ('to Fear') The French Verb "Être" ('to Be') in Every Compound Tense How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Promettre' How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Construire' ('to Build') How to Conjugate the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Offir'