Après que

The Subjunctivisor!

Does après que require the subjunctive?

No, après que does not take the subjunctive:

Par exemple…

Je ferai la vaisselle après que tu seras au lit.
I’ll do the dishes after you’re in bed.

Comparison Note that this conjunctive phrase is normally followed by the future or future perfect, rather than the present tense used in English.

 À noter : The above is correct according to Le Bon Usage and Le Grand Robert, among others. However, so many native speakers mistakenly use the subjunctive after après que (probably influenced by avant que) that the rules have become muddled. Grammarians wince as the language evolves.

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1 Response

  1. R L Mazzola 28 June 2016 / 13:53

    CNRTL (Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales) tend apparemment aux deux usages que vous citez. Les tendances que vous remarquez sont inévitables mais fâcheuses parfois.

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