Mais ils ont voulu me faire filer avant que je le vois / voie.

Or does "avant que" always have to be followed by the Subjonctif, even in casual speech?


Avant que always needs the subjunctive.

The subjunctive has nothing to do with formality. The best example of this is hearing a teenager announce to his friends il faut que je m'en aille.

  • +1 For stressing it has nothing to do with formality. You could add to your answer that the verb following avant que requires the subjunctive because the subjunctive is the mood that expresses uncertainty and obviously we don't know beforehand if an action will take place before... it has taken place. – None Aug 27 '16 at 12:11

Although the ne explétif isn't obligatory according to some, I would use it in your sentence.

It's syntactic role is to emphasize semi-negation. Action not being held/never going to be held.

Full sentence would be :
[...] avant que je ne le voie.


When in doubt about whether 'subjonctif' is called for, replace the verb by 'venir'.

  • Ce « truc » ne marche qu'avec des locuteurs natifs, pas avec des non francophones avec peu de temps d'apprentissage. Et avec des années de pratique ils ne la poseraient pas parce qu'ils auraient acquis les notions grammaticales leur permettant de faire face à la situation. – None Aug 28 '16 at 6:36

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