Tenir is a French irregular verb meaning to hold. Tenir appears on the 100 Most Used French Verbs Poster as the 40th most used irregular verb.
Tenir Conjugation: Present Tense
*Irregular forms in bold.
Tenir Passé Composé
The passé composé of Tenir is formed by combining the auxiliary verb avoir with the past participle tenu.
Tenir Participe Présent
The participe présent of Tenir is tenant.
Regular vs. Irregular Verbs
A verb is called a regular verb when its conjugation follows a typical pattern. A verb which does not follow these patterns exactly is called an irregular verb. In French, the 3 regular patterns are for verbs ending in er, re, and ir.
French Conjugation Chart
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