Does 'Avant Que' Need the Subjunctive?

Verbs, Expressions and Conjunctions That Require the French Subjunctive

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The French term avant que means "before." It is a conjunction, and it requires the subjunctive.

Examples

Cache le cadeau avant qu'il ne le voie.
Hide the gift before he sees it.

Je le ferai avant que tu ne partes.
I'll do it before you leave.

Avant que uses the ne explétif, which is why ne appears after avant que in the examples above. The ne is often omitted in informal, spoken French.

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Lawless, Laura K. "Does 'Avant Que' Need the Subjunctive?" ThoughtCo, Aug. 13, 2017, thoughtco.com/does-avant-que-need-subjunctive-1369107. Lawless, Laura K. (2017, August 13). Does 'Avant Que' Need the Subjunctive? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/does-avant-que-need-subjunctive-1369107 Lawless, Laura K. "Does 'Avant Que' Need the Subjunctive?" ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/does-avant-que-need-subjunctive-1369107 (accessed October 23, 2017).