French/Grammar/Moods/Subjunctive

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Usage of the Subjunctive Mood[edit]

The subjunctive mood is used to express subjectivity, as opposed to objectivity.


Use

Example

English

Wills, wishes, or advice

Il faut que nous parlions.

It is necessary that we speak.

Emotions regarding something

Nous sommes tristes que vous ne reussissiez à l'examen.

We are sad that you did not pass the test.

Doubts, opinions, or probabilities

Il est impossible que je sois incorrect.

It is impossible that I am wrong.

Commands or wishes in the third person

Que Dieu nous bénisse.

May God bless us.

The subjunctive usually appears with que, which means that.