Conjugate être in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)

The verb ÊTRE is irregular in the Subjonctif Présent:

 

que je sois that I am (were)
que tu sois that you are (were) 
qu'il/elle/on soit that he/she/we is (were)
que nous soyons that we are (were)
que vous soyez that you are (were)
qu'ils/elles soient that they are (were)

Note that:

- The singular forms' endings don't match the expected Subjonctif Présent ending (-e, -es, -e): je sois, tu sois, il soit

- The root soi- becomes soy- in the nous and vous form.

  

Look at these examples:  

Il faut que je sois à l'heure.
I must be on time.

Je veux que tu sois parfait.
I want you to be perfect.

 

Tu voudrais qu'elle soit blonde.
You would like her to be blond.

 

Il faut que nous soyons à Paris à cinq heures.
We must be in Paris at 5 o'clock.

 

Je veux que vous soyez plus attentifs.
I want you to be more attentive.

 

Il faut qu'ils soient très motivés.
They must be very motivated.

 
 

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Il faut que nous soyons à Paris à cinq heures.
We must be in Paris at 5 o'clock.


Tu voudrais qu'elle soit blonde.
You would like her to be blond.



Je veux que tu sois parfait.
I want you to be perfect.


Il faut qu'ils soient très motivés.
They must be very motivated.


Il faut que je sois à l'heure.
I must be on time.


Je veux que vous soyez plus attentifs.
I want you to be more attentive.


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DraganaC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Le Subjonctif - 2 sujets?

Elle veut que son français soit parfait !

English translation here is: She wants her french to be perfect!

This is confusing:  if Le Subjonctif has 2 different subjects - then is she wanting her own french to be perfect  (which would not be Subjonctif)or someone else's (like her daugthter's or her female friend or the professor wants the student's french to be perfect)?

Asked 1 month ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Either way, there are two different subjects here, so the use of the subjunctive is correct.

1) elle

2) son français 

But whether she's talking about her own french or someone else's can only be established from the context. With no context, you would assume her own.

Le Subjonctif - 2 sujets?

Elle veut que son français soit parfait !

English translation here is: She wants her french to be perfect!

This is confusing:  if Le Subjonctif has 2 different subjects - then is she wanting her own french to be perfect  (which would not be Subjonctif)or someone else's (like her daugthter's or her female friend or the professor wants the student's french to be perfect)?

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HelenA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Why is this not in the subjunctive form?

C'est vrai qu'il est un peu nul. Since this is an opinion wouldn't it be "qu'il soit un peu nul."
Asked 2 years ago
MeganC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributorCorrect answer
The indicative is used to express beliefs as well as certainty, while one of the uses of the subjunctive is to imply doubt. "C'est vrai" implies a degree of certainty, which is why the indicative is used in this example. A similar structure would be "Je pense qu'il est un peu nul." (belief - therefore, Indicative) vs. "Penses-tu qu'il soit un peu nul?" The interrogative form implies doubt and thus requires subjunctive.
HelenA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thank you!!

Why is this not in the subjunctive form?

C'est vrai qu'il est un peu nul. Since this is an opinion wouldn't it be "qu'il soit un peu nul."

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