Subjunctive French Exercises

french subjunctive exercises

Bonjour, mon ami! Ah, the subjunctive! The part of French that makes everyone’s moustaches curl! Don’t worry, it’s not as terrifying as it looks, I promise!

I, your jovial French teacher, am here to guide you through this labyrinth with a twinkle in my eye and a baguette in my hand.

So, get ready to delve into a world full of doubt, uncertainty, and… well, subjective reality!


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1) Put the Sentences in the Correct Order – French Subjunctive


a) de / qu’il / nécessaire / est / comprendre

Il est nécessaire qu’il comprenne.


b) que / il / faut / finissions / nous / son / travail


c) que / doute / je / partiez / vous


d) qu'ils / pourvu / arrivent / à / l'heure


e) qu'elle / il / veut / comprenne


f) que / tu / nécessaire / il / est / viennes


g) que / il / possible / est / je / parte


h) il / bien / est / tu / travailles / que


i) que / doute / je / tu / comprennes


j) qu'il / suis / content / soit / je


2) Translate these Sentences – French Subjunctive Exercises


a) I want you to understand.

Je veux que tu comprennes.


b) I am happy that you are here.


c) It is necessary that we leave.


d) She prefers that I don't go.


e) They doubt that we can come.


f) I am afraid that he might fall.


g) We hope that you will be happy.


h) I believe that she is capable.


i) It is possible that he will succeed.


j) She doubts that I can finish it.


3) Practice your Vocabulary


a) understand – leave – go

comprendre – partir – aller


b) be - have - do


c) finish - take - come


d) can - want - must


e) know - see - speak


f) succeed - doubt - fear


g) hope - believe - prefer


4) Practice Your Writing by Translating these Small Texts Taking the French Subjunctive into Consideration


I want you to be happy. It is necessary that you understand this. I hope that we can be friends. I prefer that you don't go. I am afraid that you might get hurt. It's good that you're here. I doubt that you know how much you mean to me.


5) About French Subjunctive, Write the Obvious Questions to the Answers


a) Il est nécessaire que je parte.

Pourquoi est-il nécessaire que tu partes?


b) Je veux qu'il vienne. ( Qui...)


c) Elle espère qu'ils réussissent. ( Qui...)


d) Nous préférons qu'elle ne sache pas. ( Pourquoi...)


e) Ils craignent que tu ne comprennes pas. ( Pourquoi...)


f) Je suis content qu'il soit ici. ( Pourquoi...)


g) Il doute que nous puissions venir. ( Pourquoi...)


h) Tu souhaites qu'elle parte. ( Pourquoi...)


i) On craint qu'il ne tombe. ( Pourquoi...)


j) Je veux que tu sois heureux. ( Pourquoi...)


Et voilà, mon cher élève! That’s it, you’ve bravely waded through the murky waters of the French subjunctive, and you’re still standing!

I’m beaming with pride, and I hope you are too. Now, don’t forget to practice these exercises. Remember, repetition is the mother of learning. And the subjunctive?

It’s not your enemy, but a charming friend who just loves to express desires, doubts and uncertainties. So, go on, take a sip of your café au lait and bask in your well-deserved glory. À la prochaine!


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