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Can malgré be used with verbs?

MeghanC1Kwiziq community member

Can malgré be used with verbs?

Asked 5 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Meghan,

As 'malgré que' is frowned upon in French ( and regarded as bad French) it is always safer to avoid it and use 'bien que ' instead if followed by a verb rather than a noun.


Bien qu'il m'ait promis de venir, je l'attends toujours Even though he promised to come, I am still waiting for him

Elle garde l'espoir bien qu'elle soit déçue She remains hopeful although she is disappointed

Il est venu me voir bien qu'il soit en retard He came to see me even though he is late

Il est parti faire du jogging bien qu'il soit souffrant = He went jogging even though he is not well

Please note that it is followed by the subjunctive.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Are you thinking of something along these lines?

Malgré avoir mangé j'ai encore faim. 

MeghanC1Kwiziq community member

Yes, but my research from yesterday seemed to imply that for something like that, you would use bien que?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, it should be. A quick inquiry with a native speaker revealed, however, that you could also say, malgré que j'ai mangé, ...

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