Être Subjunctive Conjugation

Use the chart, examples, and video below to learn how to conjugate être in the subjunctive tense (le subjonctif). To keep things simple, we'll only cover the subjunctive present.

Être: Subjunctive Conjugation Chart

que je sois
que tu sois
qu'il/elle/on soit
que nous soyons
que vous soyez
qu'ils/elles soient

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Examples: how to conjugate être in subjunctive tense

Here are some examples of conjugating être in subjunctive (subjonctif) form:

Imaginez que je sois un violoniste sur scène.

Imagine I'm a violinist on stage.

Je préférerais qu'il soit ici.

I would prefer him to be here.

Nous cherchons une assistante qui soit polie et organisée.

We're looking for an assistant who is polite and organised.


  • Être is an irregular verb.
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Reminder of what the French personal pronouns mean:

  • je = I
  • tu = you (singular informal)
  • il/elle = he/she
  • on = we (formal)
  • nous = we (informal)
  • vous= you (singular formal OR plural (both formal and informal))
  • ils/elles = they

How to conjugate être in the subjunctive tense - recommended video:

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See how to conjugate être in other tenses:

Conjugate être in the present

Conjugate être in the imperfect

Conjugate être in the future

Conjugate être in the passé composé