Tenir - to hold, keep

Simple conjugations for the irregular French verb tenir

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French verb conjugator > tenir

 Present Future Imperfect Present participle
jetienstiendraitenaistenant
tutienstiendrastenais 
iltienttiendratenaitPassé composé
nous tenonstiendronstenions   Auxiliary verbavoir
vousteneztiendrezteniez   Past participle tenu
ilstiennenttiendronttenaient 
 
 Subjunctive Conditional  Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
jetiennetiendraistinstinsse
tutiennestiendraistinstinsses
iltiennetiendraittinttînt
noustenionstiendrionstînmestinssions
voustenieztiendrieztîntestinssiez
ilstiennenttiendraienttinrenttinssent
 
 Imperative 
(tu)tiens Verb conjugation pattern  Tenir is an irregular verb
All French verbs ending in -venir and -tenir are
conjugated this way.         Using tenir   Expressions with tenir
(nous) tenons  
(vous)tenez 

 

French Verbs Ending in Tenir

French verb conjugator > tenir > verbs conjugated like tenir

All French verbs that end in tenir are conjugated the same way:

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

Verbs that end in venir follow the same conjugation pattern, except that most of them need être as the auxiliary verb.