French/Grammar/Tenses/Past subjunctive

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Usage of the Past Subjunctive[edit | edit source]

Formation of the Past Subjunctive[edit | edit source]

  • The past subjunctive is a compound tense- it consists of two verbs, the auxiliary verb and the past participle one seeks to use in this tense.
  • The auxiliary verb is conjugated as if it were being used in the present subjunctive.
  • The past participle is added immediately after the auxiliary verb.
  • A negative structure such as ne ... pas is always placed around the auxiliary verb, not the past participle.