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    Hi,
    I have my French Controlled Assessment tomorrow and when revising I found the opportunity to add the subjunctive tense, but since I am writing in the past I am not sure how conjugate the verb.

    This is the sentence:
    Although I was tired, it was fantastic.

    Would the 'I was' become:

    -je sois
    -je fusse
    -j'aie été

    Please help me!

    Thank you!
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    I'm not too sure on subjunctives but I'll try to help regardless seeing as this seems pretty urgent.

    I quickly checked in this dictionary thing of mine. The subjunctive of "etre" (to be) is sois because it's irregular, which makes me think it would be "je sois".

    I can't find anything about "je fusse" in my book, but I'm wondering if "j'aie été" would be shortened to "j'etait" which means "I was"? Again I've not done much on subjunctives so I could be completely wrong. I know for sure that, for example, "J'etait mangé" means "I was eating / I ate" if that helps in anyway.

    I'm not too sure personally what I would use, but hopefully that helped you a little. If not I'm sure someone else will come along and correct every word I've typed.
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    The subjunctive just uses the present tense form in the past tense, so it would be:

    "Bienque je sois..."
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    (Original post by Nandaja)
    Hi,
    I have my French Controlled Assessment tomorrow and when revising I found the opportunity to add the subjunctive tense, but since I am writing in the past I am not sure how conjugate the verb.

    This is the sentence:
    Although I was tired, it was fantastic.

    Would the 'I was' become:

    -je sois
    -je fusse
    -j'aie été

    Please help me!

    Thank you!
    Bien que je sois fatigue.
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    Thank you for all your replies, I'm a bit more confused now; I don't understand why the subjunctive would remain in the present tense in the past?! I know that it wouldn't be je fusse, although that is grammatically correct, because it is very outdated, so I was thinking j'aie été or je sois?
    Thank you again for all the help!
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    (Original post by Nandaja)
    Hi,
    I have my French Controlled Assessment tomorrow and when revising I found the opportunity to add the subjunctive tense, but since I am writing in the past I am not sure how conjugate the verb.

    This is the sentence:
    Although I was tired, it was fantastic.

    Would the 'I was' become:

    -je sois
    -je fusse
    -j'aie été

    Please help me!

    Thank you!
    I thought that I was would be j'était
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    (Original post by abigail_carroll)
    I thought that I was would be j'était
    Sorry, I might be confused but isn't it j'étais not j'était? And isn't that in the imperfect indicative?
    Thank you for replying anyway!
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    bien que je sois fatigué is present tense..

    bien que j'aie été fatigué is correct, as this is using past tense. If no subjunctive was use, j'étais would be more appropriate than j'ai été but you cant use the imperfect with the subjunctive.

    EDIT: im studying french at A2, A* at gcse and A at AS, so have done lots of subjunctive practice your teacher may prefer sois to past tense because sometimes the french use the present instead of the past when telling a story, so if your teacher corrects it to sois it will be because of the context of your writing in general. however, just given that sentence, sois isnt as good.
 
 
 
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