What are the tenses in French?
I know present tense and future proche, and I kind of know passe compose, but what are the others.. ie. What is the subjunctive? Could anyone explain the tenses?? Thanks so much HydeParkSquirrel
Hi there. I've found that using french.about.com is very helpful. Here are a couple links on the French tenses and moods:
I've written some articles about French. You can also find a few videos I've done on tenses too but as they aren't popular, I'm lacking in motivation. Anyway, here's my documents page: http://spanishplus.tripod.com/french/ Incidentally, the subjunctive is on there too. It's used after certain verbs and conjunctions. You don't decide yourself when to use it (usually), after vouloir que for example you would use it to express doubts like je veux qu'il parte (not il part)
The subjunctive exists in English too, although it's usually the same as the past tense. For example, you say "I wish I HAD a dog" instead of "I wish I HAVE a dog". It's just more complicated in French.
You're right just the same in English , but a bit more complicated in French
The “subjunctive mood” is used to express feeling or emotion, to express opinions, doubts and subjective conditions.
The timing of the verb is indicated by the tenses: present past and future. These tenses are divided into simple tenses and compound tenses. A simple tense has one single word. A compound tense is made up of an auxiliary verb and a past participle.