Different grammar for "après que" and "avant que"?


Kwiziq community member

21 May 2017

1 reply

Different grammar for "après que" and "avant que"?

Après que uses the indicative while the avant que uses the "ne" plus subjunctive. They appear to express similar thought, after and before. Perhaps there is a difference sense in French. Thoughts.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Avant que + ne explétif + Le Subjonctif = Before I do"


Kwiziq language super star

22 May 2017


Bonjour William, They seem similar, but they're not: "after you do something" is a factual statement, because it has already happened. In contrast, "before you do something" is a hypothesis: it may or may not happen. Therefore French requires the indicative with the factual après que, but the subjunctive with the hypothetical avant que.

Your answer

Login to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Think you've got all the answers?

Test your French to the CEFR standard

find your French level »
How has your day been?