Omitting "que"

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Emily

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28 February 2018

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Omitting "que"

This question relates to:
French lesson "Après que + L'Indicatif = After + verb"

Chris

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28 February 2018

28/02/18

The rule is that you need que if what follows is a complete subordinate clause with its own subject and verb. Otherwise you omit que.

Je vais ranger ma chambre après avoir fait mes devoirs. -- I will tidy my room after having done my homework.
Je vais ranger ma chambre après que j'aurai fait mes devoirs. -- I will tidy my room after I will have made my homework.

In the first case you don't have a clause following après, just an infitif passé (avoir fait), hence no que. The second example sports a complete subordinate clause and therefore requires que.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

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