Conjugate venir, tenir and derivatives in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)

The verbs VENIR and TENIR are irregular in the Subjonctif Présent:

 
que je vienne  /  tienne that I come  /  hold
que tu viennes  /  tiennes that you come  /  hold
qu'il/elle/on vienne  /  tienne that he/she/we comes  /  holds
que nous venions  /  tenions that we come  /  hold
que vous veniez  /  teniez that you come  /  hold
qu'ils/elles viennent  /  tiennent that they come  /  hold
 

Note that the nous and vous forms are the same as in L'Imparfait. (See Conjugate regular verbs in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense))

As for the other forms, the irregular roots vienn- for VENIRtienn- for TENIR are followed by the regular endings of Le Subjonctif Présent: 

-e, -es, -e, [-], [-], -ent

 
 
Have a look at these examples with venir and tenir derivatives:

Il faut que je retienne ma respiration sous l'eau.
I have to hold my breath under water.

Elle ne s'attendait pas à ce que tu reviennes.
She didn't expect you to come back.

Tu n'es pas sûre qu'il se souvienne de toi.
You're not sure he remembers you.

Nos parents voulaient que nous devenions avocats.
Our parents wanted us to become lawyers.

Il est important que vous les préveniez immédiatement !
It is important that you warn them immediately!

J'ai peur qu'ils ne retiennent jamais la leçon.
I'm afraid they'll never learn their lesson.

 

Venir and Tenir derivatives include:

devenir - to become
revenir - to come back
intervenir - to intervene
prévenir - to warn
se souvenir - to remember

retenir - to retain, to hold back
détenir - to detain
obtenir - to get, to obtain
appartenir - to belong
contenir - to contain

 

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Elle ne s'attendait pas à ce que tu reviennes.
She didn't expect you to come back.


Tu n'es pas sûre qu'il se souvienne de toi.
You're not sure he remembers you.


J'ai peur qu'ils ne retiennent jamais la leçon.
I'm afraid they'll never learn their lesson.


Il faut que je retienne ma respiration sous l'eau.
I have to hold my breath under water.


Il est important que vous les préveniez immédiatement !
It is important that you warn them immediately!


Nos parents voulaient que nous devenions avocats.
Our parents wanted us to become lawyers.


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 3 answers

valoir & falloir irregular in the subjonctif?

Hi, I don't believe you have conjugation lessons for the verbs valoir and falloir, which are irregular in the subjonctif. Have I missed them, or would it be possible for you to add them? How many other verbs are irregular in the subjonctif?

thanks, Scott

Asked 8 months ago

valoir & falloir irregular in the subjonctif?

Hi, I don't believe you have conjugation lessons for the verbs valoir and falloir, which are irregular in the subjonctif. Have I missed them, or would it be possible for you to add them? How many other verbs are irregular in the subjonctif?

thanks, Scott

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I'll probably (or at least hopefully) discover the answer to this 10 minutes from now, but in the meantime, why isn't the "ne explicative" used here?

Asked 10 months ago
To clarify, I'm referring to the question, "Je ne suis pas sûr qu'il ________."I'm not sure he's coming.

I'll probably (or at least hopefully) discover the answer to this 10 minutes from now, but in the meantime, why isn't the "ne explicative" used here?

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the person who reads this script cannot be understood!

most readers in the recorded segments are good, clear and articulate. Not this woman. Why?
Asked 2 years ago
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Bonjour Erin ! We've been using different voice softwares, with various results as you can hear :) Thanks to you, these audio files have now been updated and are much clearer ! Merci et à bientôt !
Merci, Auélie, ça c'est fantastique !

the person who reads this script cannot be understood!

most readers in the recorded segments are good, clear and articulate. Not this woman. Why?

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