French Verbs, Expressions and Conjunctions that Trigger the Subjunctive


Je veux que tu ailles à l'école.

aimer que - to like that
attendre que - to wait for
demander que - to require, to ask
désirer que - to desire
exiger que - to demand, to require
interdire que - to forbid
ordonner que - to command
permettre que - to permit
préférer que - to prefer
souhaiter que - to wish
vouloir que - to want


Il propose qu'ils fassent une excursion.

accepter que - to accept  that
approuver que - to approve
désapprouver que - to disapprove
empêcher que -  to forbid, to prevent
éviter que - to prevent, to avoid
proposer que - to suggest, to propose
recommander que - to recommend
refuser que - to refuse
souffrir que - to suffer
supporter que - to bear, to endure
tolérer que - to tolerate


Je regrette que ma famille ne puisse pas venir.

admirer que - to admire that
adorer que - to love, to adore
aimer que - to love
apprécier que - to appreciate
avoir honte que - to be ashamed
avoir peur que - to be afraid
(ne pas) comprendre que - (not) to understand
craindre que - to fear
critiquer que - to critize
déplorer que - to deplore, to regret
détester que - to detest, to hate
regretter que - to regret
s'étonner que - to be surprised
se réjouir que - to be delighted, to look forward to
être content que - to be glad
être déçu que - to be disappointed
être désolé que - to be sorry
être heureux que - to be happy
être satisfait que - to be satisfied
être surpris que - to be surprised
être triste que - to be sad
trouver bizarre/bon/important/… que - to find it strange/good/important/…


Personne ne doute que le chômage soit un grand problème.

douter que - to doubt that
contester que - to dispute
nier que - to deny


Je ne crois pas qu'ils sachent nager.

ne pas croire que - not to believe that
ne pas espérer que - not to hope
ne pas estimer que - not to estimate
ne pas s'imaginer que - not to imagine
ne pas penser que - not to think
ne pas se rapeller que - not to remember
ne pas trouver que - not to find
ne pas affirmer que  - not to affirm
ne pas assurer que - not to assure
ne pas avouer que - not to admit
ne pas constater que - not to observe
ne pas déclarer que - not to declare
ne pas dire que - not to say
ne pas jurer que - not to swear
ne pas prétendre que - not to pretend
ne pas soutenir que - not to support


Il est bon que tu viennes.

il est bon/bizarre/important/nécessaire/… que - it is good/strange/important/necessary that
cela m'amuse que - it amuses me that
cela me gêne que - it bothers me
cela m'inquiète que - it worries me
cela me plaît que - it pleases me
cela me surprend que - it surprises me
il convient que - it is right that
il faut que - it is necessary that
il importe que - it is important
il vaut mieux que - it’s better


à condition que - if
afin que - so that
avant que - before
bien que - although
de peur que - for fear that
de crainte que - for fear that
jusqu'à ce que - until
malgré que - despite
pour que - so that
pourvu que - provided that
quoique - although
sans que- without
supposé que - supposed that

- Source: Grammatik Kurz & Bündig Französisch, PONS 2015 (Gabriele Forst)


Elisaveta Sayn-Wittgenstein nee Nabokova in Court Dress by Olga
Via Flickr:
Фрейлина Александры Фёдоровны Набокова (Сайн-Витгенштейн, Лейкман), Елизавета Дмитриевна (1877-1942). Дочь Д.Н.Набокова. В первом браке с князем Г. Ф. Сайн-Витгенштейн (1879-1919). Во втором - с Р.Ф.Лейкманом


A few of the lovely photos posted by the Danish Royal Court today in memory of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the late husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark. 

HRH Prince Richard Casimir Karl August Robert Konstantin, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg was born on October 29th, 1934 in Giessen, Germany. He married Princess Benedikte of Denmark on February 3rd, 1968 at Fredensborg Palace Church. They were married for 49 years and lived primarily at the Castle of Berleburg. Together they had three children - Gustav, 7th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b. 1969); Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b. 1970); and Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (b. 1975). The couple also had four grandchildren together. 

Richard passed away suddenly on March 13th, 2017 at Berleburg Castle. His funeral is scheduled for March 21st, 2017 in Bad Berleburg, Germany and the Danish Royal Family, amongst other royals, are slated to attend.


Various royals in attendance for the funeral of Prince Richard on March 21, 2017 in Bad Berleburg, Germany.  Prince Richard leaves behind his wife, Princess Benedikte who he married in 1968 and his three children, Prince Gustav, Princess Alexandra, and Princess Nathalie.  He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Count Richard von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Konstantin Johannsmann, and Louisa Johannsmann. 

Photo by Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images


Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia attend the funeral of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, the husband of Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess Madeleine’s godmother, at the Evangelische Stadtkirche on March 21st, 2017 in Bad Berleburg, Germany.


Princess Benedikte left a heart shaped wreath for her beloved late husband, Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, at his funeral on March 21st, 2017. 

The couple met at the wedding of Princess Beatrix and Prince Claus of the Netherlands in 1966. They were married in February 1968 after a brief engagement, and were married for 49 years. Together they had three children and four grandchildren.