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How can I use subjunctive forms of the verbs?

I realised a new category in conjugation table 'Subjunctive'. How/When can I use these forms of the verbs. Can you give examples please?

4 years ago

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Have a look at this (8 pages).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BurakMandira

Although it's useless long text except first and last pages, thanks for sharing. I still couldn't understand when to use it.

4 years ago

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In short, the subjunctive is used to express statements that are contrary to fact or possible but not probable.

For example, to want someone to do something. It is possible that they will do it, but there is nothing stating that he/she will do it for sure.

An example, je veux qu'il fasse un gâteau. (I want him to make a cake). While it is possible for him to make a cake, there is no certainty that he will do so.

In French, the subjunctive is always introduced by que/qu' (that). Be carful though, for regular verbs, the subjunctive can look like the present or imperfect tense.

Je veux qu'elle arrive à l'heure. (I want her to arrive on time) Je veux que nous arrivions à l'heure. (I want us to arrive on time)

There are certain phrases that require the subjunctive such as il est nécessaire que... Il est important que... Il faut que...

But phrases like parce que do not take the subjunctive.

Hope that helped and wasn't too long.

Reference french class

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BurakMandira

Take my lingot ;) Thx.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revengest

No problem and thanks

4 years ago