When to use the Subjonctif Passé: the Ultimate Guide in 2021

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn about when to use the subjonctif passé in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • when to use the subjunctive in French
  • how the subjonctif passé is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on when to use the subjonctif passé
  • how to practice with flashcards on when to use the subjonctif passé
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

Please also read how to form the subjonctif passé, to find out how you can form it.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about when to use the subjonctif passé!

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When to use the Subjonctif Passé

The same requirements for using the subjonctif présent are also there when it comes to using the subjonctif passé.

However, the only difference is that you use the subjonctif passé to refer to something that has already happened.

se comporter

Louis est choqué qu’elle se soit mal comportée.

Louis is shocked that she misbehaved.

dire

Je crains qu’Arthur n’ait pas dit la vérité.

I am afraid that Arthur has not told the truth.

faire

Nous ne pensons pas que vous ayez fait vos devoirs.

We don’t think that you did your homework.

lire

Je doute que vous ayez lu ma lettre.

I doubt that you have read my letter.

revenir

Nous sommes ravis qu’ils soient revenus.

We are delighted that they have returned.

Please note that in all examples, you are refering to actions that have already been completed.

Example Sentences on When to use the Subjonctif Passé

The final section of this lesson on when to use the subjonctif passé in French is about seeing the subjonctif passé in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of when to use the subjonctif passé in French through examples.

se comporter

Louis est choqué qu’elle se soit mal comportée.

Louis is shocked that she misbehaved.

dire

Je crains qu’Arthur n’ait pas dit la vérité.

I am afraid that Arthur has not told the truth.

faire

Nous ne pensons pas que vous ayez fait vos devoirs.

We don’t think that you did your homework.

lire

Je doute que vous ayez lu ma lettre.

I doubt that you have read my letter.

revenir

Nous sommes ravis qu’ils soient revenus.

We are delighted that they have returned.

Quiz Yourself on When to use the Subjonctif Passé

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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Please read our article on how to learn a new language for more information.

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