When to use the imperative vs subjunctive

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2016

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When to use the imperative vs subjunctive

Hi, why do you use the subjunctive to say "Have faith my friends" instead of the imperative? (ie AYEZ confiance, mes amis instead of AVEZ confiance, mes amis).

This relates to:
Conjugate être, avoir, savoir in L'Impératif (imperative) -

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2016

21/12/16

P.S. I read your notes at https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/glossary/51 and I still dont quite understand. what would "avez confiance mes amis" mean? Surely the imperative is used to express commands as well?

Andrew

Kwiziq community member

22 December 2016

22/12/16

Hi... I've been round the houses on the internet reading all sorts of notes and came back here and realise these notes told be what I needed to know all along... ooops sorry.... avoir and etre use an irregular form of the imperative which just happens to be the same as the subjunctive...LOL... I should have had more faith in your notes in the first place :)

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