It can also be used with a different meaning of “just as,” as in “It went just as I thought.”Subjunctive-friendly? Translation: After/when Je vais dormir après que je mange toute cette tarte. Translation: So thatmakes more sense when using this phrase. (No matter what my mom makes in the kitchen, it’s delicious.)I bet your mind is reeling with how much better your French will sound once you get this one down. But you may be noticing an interesting trend: A word that you’re well-versed in by itself means “so much or many,” or can be used to express an indefinite quantity. Translation: Sinceand now we’ve got the same thing minus the space in between and all of a sudden it means “even though”?(I’m going to sleep after I eat all this pie.)Bet you’re wondering what the difference is between helps link the clauses, and you should be good to link the night away. Technically, no, but French speakers tend to use the subjunctive after it regardless. Translation: Before(He gave me peach pie even though I ordered an apple pie! Translation: As soon as(As soon as the pie arrives, I will destroy it.)This is usually followed by not the subjunctive, but by a future tense! This is a great conjunctive phrase to use when making threats, lofty goals and uncertain plans. They both mean essentially the same thing, but it’s good to know both of them to add variety to your French conversation. If you apply that definition back to this transitional phrase, then you can see something of a rough translation that matches “as long as.” But as long as you remember the definition, you’ll be good to go. These sound the same when spoken, but you should be able to figure it out based on the context.
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If that sounds cool, start using Fluent U on the website or practice anytime, anywhere with the i OS and Android apps.To start with the basics, here’s one of the first transition words you likely learned in French class. Translation: Next Ensuite, je prépare la tarte aux cerises.It’s best at the beginning of sentences, when giving directions or when recounting a series of events. (Next, I prepare the cherry pie.)An easy way to remember this one (yet another in the series of your basic transition words), is that is the sequel or “the next one” in French. Translation: Then(the end) of something, but is also an interjection—a filler word, if you will.Try writing a paragraph that uses four or five transition words.If you’re more into immersion-based learning, make sure to include appropriate transition words when writing emails to your pen pals, writing entries in your French journal or even in text messages with another French-speaking friend. The subjunctive is nothing to fear, but sometimes it can be difficult to integrate into the French you actually use.While supervising exams or tutoring for exam preparation, I’ve seen too many students writing straight away on their exam copies. Resist the urge to jump on your pen and take a step back to make sure that you will be addressing all the exam requirements or you may be shooting yourself in the foot and lose precious points.I recommend that you train with exam sample questions so that you set up good working habits and respect the required length of the essay, as well as the timing (allow at least 10 minutes for proofreading).If you still aren’t positive as to what a word means, highlight it for later and look it up in one of your French dictionaries.You’ll find these fun tie-in words in every type of French literature, from children’s books to young adult fiction to classic literary masterpieces.Let’s get to it and start adding these key ingredients to our nouns, verbs and adjectives.How much do you really know about these words, anyway?