The Past Subjunctive

The Past Subjunctive - had a very good time The pluperfect...

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The Past Subjunctive The past subjunctive is formed by using the subjunctive of the helping verb (  avoir  or  être ) + the past participle of the action being performed. The past subjunctive is used  like the  passé composé  to express an action that has already taken place in the past:  Il est regrettable qu'il n'ait pas réussi.  (It is a shame that he didn't  succeed.)  Il est douteux qu'ils soient partis . (It is doubtful that they left.)  Il est important qu'elles se soient bien amusées . (It is important that they 
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Unformatted text preview: had a very good time.) The pluperfect subjunctive is formed by combining the imperfect subjunctive of the helping verb ( avoir [ eusse, eusses, eût, eussions, eussiez, eussent ]) or être [ fusse, fusses, fût, fussions, fussiez, fussent ]) + the past participle of the verb denoting the action. The pluperfect subjunctive is used in literature only when the main clause is in any other time but the present: Je ne croyais pas qu'il fût revenu. (I didn't think he had come back.)...
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