Venir past tense conjugation, specifically the preterite tense, is extremely irregular and as such is a difficult Spanish verb to learn. This post provides the conjugation for both past tenses of the Spanish verb venir, the imperfect and the preterite and a suggestion as to how they could be learned quickly.
There are many irregular verbs in Spanish, many of which are very important in everyday conversation and communication. One such irregular verb is Venir, meaning to come.
Venir is highly irregular, and nowhere is this more noticeable than when it is used in the preterite tense, which is one of the two past tenses used most often in Spanish, the imperfect tense being the other.
Venir follows the regular conjugation of an –ir verb when in the imperfect past tense as the table below shows, regular endings shown in bold;
Venir – Imperfect Tense
- yo venía I was coming
- tú venías you were coming
- él, ella venía he, she or it was coming
- usted venía you were coming (polite singular)
- nosotros veníamos we were coming
- vosotros veníais you were (all) coming
- ellos, ellas venían they were coming
- ustedes venían you were (all) coming (polite plural)
However, the conjugation of the preterito, or preterit, is highly irregular and, as such, will require more study time to master fully:
Venir – Preterite Tense
- yo vine I came
- tú viniste you came
- él, ella vino he, she or it came
- usted vino you came (polite singular)
- nosotros vinimos we came
- vosotros vinisteis you (all) came
- ellos, ellas vinieron they came
- ustedes vinieron you (all) came (polite plural)
Venir, as previously mentioned, is a highly irregular verb in all but one of the simple tenses (that would be the imperfect tense as covered above) and as such, it would be a good idea to use a verb conjugation training program to help study it.
Verb conjugation training software programs are highly beneficial when studying verbs like venir and similar difficult verbs by providing targeted exercises on user designated problem areas and, by doing so, it will ensure you master the conjugations of irregular Spanish verbs like venir in the shortest time possible.
It should also be noted that there are also a few other verbs that follow this pattern of venir past tense conjugation and they are commonly referred to as the venir family of verbs and they are as follows:
- Intervenir to intervene or, to take part
- Prevenir to prevent or, to warn
- Sobrevenir to happen suddenly or, to follow
- Avenir to reconcile or, to come to an agreement
- Contravenir to violate, to contravene or, to infringe
- Devenir to become, to happen
- Convenir to agree on or, to be suitable
- Provenir to come from