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Indicative or subjunctive? Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Grammar

Last Friday we took a look at how some irregular verbs are conjugated in the Present Subjunctive in French. It is not always easy to know when to use verbs in the Indicative or Subjunctive mode in French so I gathered some key expressions to help you when to use the indicative or subjunctive in French, d’accord?

One tip: make sure you pay attention to how verb tenses are used when you are reading a text or listening to French. Being analytical helps you a lot if you already have a good grammar background, so let’s get down to work!







Je veux que

Je désire que

Je souhaite que

J’ai peur que

Je crains que

J’ai envie

J’ai besoins

Je refuse

J’empêche que

Je regrette que

Je doute que

Je ne pense pas que

Je ne crois pas que

Je ne suis pas sûr(e) que

Il est nécessaire que

Il faut que

Il est possible que

Il est impossible que

Il est obligatoire que


J’espère que

Je confirme que

Je sais que

Je constate que

Je vérifie que

Je remarque que

J’observe que

Je vois que

Je dis que

J’affirme que

Je suis convaincu

Je pense que

Je crois que

Je suis sûr(e) que

Il est certain

Il est sûr

Il est évident

Il est vrai

Il est clair

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. leah:


  2. Learn English:

    Really useful, thank you so much! The subjunctive is always confusing so it’s nice to have it explained so clearly : )


  3. ismail:

    These French resources are very helpful.

  4. Mary:

    Tiny typo: S on “besoin”.