Imaginer

The Subjunctivisor!

Does imaginer require the subjunctive?

The subjunctive after imaginer is optional: it depends on how you use the verb.

Generally speaking, you need the indicative after imaginer:

Par exemple…

J’imagine qu’elle va avec vous.
I imagine that she is going with you.

But when you are hypothesizing, using the imperative, or negating imaginer, the subjunctive tends to be used:

Par exemple…

J'imagine qu'ils aient une grande maison avec une palissade blanche.
I imagine that they have a big house with a white picket fence.

Imaginez que vous ayez trois désirs.
Imagine that you have three wishes.

Nous n’imaginons pas qu’il puisse être le coupable.
We don’t imagine / think that he could be the guilty one.

Also see s’imaginer

The Subjunctivisor!  |  Subjunctive lesson

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