Concessive clause – proposition concessive
Let's Define It!
What's a *concessive clause*?
First off, a concessive clause is a subordinate clause. (And if there is a subordinate clause, it means there's also a main one). Now how is the subordinate concessive clause related to the main clause is what you're about to discover.
The proposition de concession indicates a restriction, limit or opposition to the idea or action expressed in the main clause.
For example, in "Il sort sans parapluie bien qu'il pleuve" (He goes out without an umbrella although it is raining), the concession is found in the subordinate "bien qu'il pleuve". The presence of rain (in the concessive clause) seems to run contrary to the action of him going out without an umbrella.
Some concessive clauses in French take the subjunctive mood.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Let me now present you with a few sentences including a concessive clause:
- Charles rit bien qu'il ait mal à la dent. / Charles is laughing although he has a toothache.
- Je viendrai quoi que vous fassiez. / I will come no matter what you do.
- Il a bon coeur sans que cela se voie. / He has a kind heart although it doesn't show.
- Il paraît très sûre de lui même si sa dernière prestation a été plutôt decevante. / He seems very confident even though his last performance has been quite disappointing.