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Subjunctive verbs, in the French language, are used to express a doubt, wish, hope, or uncertain action, which hasn’t yet been realized at the moment of its expression. It therefore employs verbs that express: want, wish, desire, emotion, obligation and doubt or incertitude. The necessity of using the subjunctive conjugation of verbs in French is easily detectable by finding the words “que” or it’s derivatives before the subject of the verb. In fact, in order to be able to conjugate a verb in the subjunctive, the word QUE must be used. (Que nous chantions, qu’il soit, qu’ils viennent”) Some examples: (the subjunctive word will be in italic) “I would like him for to be here” - “ J’aimerais qu’il soit là” “You need to go to the emergency room” – “Il faut que tu ailles aux urgencies” “We may come by train” – “Il est possible que l’on vienne en train”. Subjunctive verbs may be conjugated in the: - Présent - Imparfait - Passé-composé - Plus-que-parfait... read more

A) When to use the “imparfait de l’indicatif”:     The “imparfait de l’indicatif” is generally used to describe a fact or an action that has already occurred, but can also keep on occurring: i.e. “Quand tu étais enfant, tu étais timide” (when you were a child, you were shy) The “imparfait” may also be used to describe a scene, or landscape. i.e. “Le soleil descendait derrière la montagne” (the sun went down behind the mountain”).   B) Conjugating the “imparfait”:   The ‘terminaisons’ (verb ending) for the “imparfait” are the same for all the verbs (and for every group of verbs).   JE: -ais TU: -ais IL/ELLE/ON -ait NOUS -ions VOUS -iez ILS/ELLES -ient Examples for each group: Terminaisons 1er Groupe (AIMER) Je/J'a aimais Tu aimais Il/Elle/On aimait Nous aimions Vous aimiez Ils / Elles Aimaient     Terminaisons 2ème Groupe (FINIR) Je finissais Tu... read more

In common conversation "se rappeler" and "se souvenir" are most of the time used with "de" after, and most of French people use undistinctly one for the other. So most of the people won't even notice if you do the same. That been said, you can stop your reading now.   Or if you want to look at it through a microscope, let's have fun!   "Se rappeler de" is mostly used for action you have to do( or you'll have to do), and for relatively short term and factual memories: "Rappelle-toi de jeter la poubelle demain matin!" (Don't forget to take the trash out tomorrow morning) To a policeman who shows you a picture: "Je me rappelle de ce type. Il est passé hier à la boutique." (I remember that guy. I went to the shop yesterday.)   "Se souvenir de" is more charged with feelings, is about something you keep from a past time and/or you'll keep for ever (think "souvenir... read more

Hereunder is a good website which could help you to check the conjugation of French verbs: http://la-conjugaison.nouvelobs.com/ You enter the verb you would like to conjugate and the website provides you all the forms of the conjugated verb! You can do the same to get synonyms or definitions. And you have some grammar exercises available too. Hope this website can help you to improve your grammar skills! Claire

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