Tenir vs Avoir

So, these two verbs mean the same. When is it correct to use "tenir" and when to use "avoir".

December 13, 2012


No, they don't mean the same. "Avoir" is 'to have' and "tenir" is 'to hold'.

Yet there are plenty of expressions where their meaning can be close or where the English uses one and French the other one.

Unless you give a precise example, there is not much ground for a more accurate answer.

December 14, 2012

I think you're confusing "tenir" with the Spanish word for "to have", "tener".

July 6, 2013

They're not the same

November 6, 2013

"Tenir" has a lot of different meanings. I found two webs that may be useful to understand it.

November 27, 2018
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