When to use subjunctive commands

MarenC1Kwiziq community member

When to use subjunctive commands

I don't see in the lesson where it explains when to use the subjunctive conjugation for commands versus standard imperatif. Thanks!

Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Maren, 

As Chris says some imperatives sound like subjunctives

Sache que je suis très en colère!= Know that I am furious!

Soyez à l'heure! Be on time!

Ayez un peu de patience! Be a bit more patient!

But these are the verbs, savoir, être, and avoir in the imperative mood, not the subjunctive.

Bonne Continuation!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You don't use the subjunctive for commands. Only a few verbs (être, avoir and savoir  that I know of) are irregular in the sense that their imperative is formed like the subjunctive, without actually being the subjunctive.

When to use subjunctive commands

I don't see in the lesson where it explains when to use the subjunctive conjugation for commands versus standard imperatif. Thanks!

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