Conjunctive Phrases

Locutions conjonctives

Two or more words often join to create a conjunctive phrase, which just means a series of words that acts like a conjunction. Most conjunctive phrases end in que and all are subordinating conjunctions.

Par exemple…

On mangera maintenant afin que tu partes de bonne heure.   We’ll eat now so that you can leave early.
Bien que je sois fatigué, je vais finir ce travail.   Even though I’m tired, I’m going to finish this work.

French conjunctive phrases

      Notes
à condition que   provided that Requires the subjunctive
afin que   so that Requires the subjunctive
ainsi que   just as, so as  
alors que   while, whereas  
à mesure que   as (progressively)  
à moins que   unless Requires the subjunctive and calls for ne explétif
après que   after, when May require the future
à supposer que   assuming that Requires the subjunctive
au cas où   in case  
aussitôt que   as soon as May require the future
avant que   before Requires the subjunctive and calls for ne explétif
bien que   although Requires the subjunctive
c’est-à-dire que   meaning, that is to say  
comme si   as if  
dans la mesure où   inasmuch/insofar as  
dans l’hypothèse où   in the event that  
de crainte que   for fear that Requires the subjunctive and calls for ne explétif
de façon que   in such a way that Requires the subjunctive
de manière que   so that Requires the subjunctive
de même que   just as  
de peur que   for fear that Requires the subjunctive and calls for ne explétif
depuis que   since  
de sorte que   so that, in such a way that Requires the subjunctive
dès que   as soon as May require the future
en admettant que   assuming that Requires the subjunctive
en attendant que   while, until Requires the subjunctive
encore que   even though Requires the subjunctive
jusqu’à ce que   until Requires the subjunctive
même si   even if/though  
parce que   because  
pendant que   while  
pour que   so that Requires the subjunctive
pourvu que   provided that Requires the subjunctive
quand bien même   even though/if  
quoi que   whatever, no matter what Requires the subjunctive
sans que   without Requires the subjunctive and calls for ne explétif
selon que   according to, depending on  
sitôt que   as soon as  
suivant que   according to, depending on  
supposé que   supposing Requires the subjunctive
tandis que   while, whereas  
tant que   as long as  
une fois que   once May require the future
vu que   seeing as/that  

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3 Responses

  1. Johnny 10 August 2018 / 15:45

    I can learn anything in french except these. I can’t never remember which one to use when I need it. Any tips to learn them?

    • lkl 11 August 2018 / 3:34

      I’d say come up with 2 or 3 sentences for each one, and work on memorizing those.

    • Randy 23 October 2018 / 19:22

      I have the same problem. I think it’s due to the fact that the meanings in English are so similar: I’d be hard pressed to tell you the difference between “although,” “even though,” “whereas,” etc. So, maybe the best approach is the group them by similar meaning, and master one group at a time.