The 10 essential points of DELF B2 grammar


Do you want to take the DELF B2 but you don't know what skills are required to pass the exam?
In this article, we present you the 10 essential points of DELF B2 grammar for you to succeed the exam.

DELF B2 comprehension language skills

At the DELF B2 level (Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française - B2 level), students are considered to have an upper intermediate level of proficiency.
At this level of in-depth French, DELF B2 assesses learners' ability to understand and use complex and common expressions in French.
They can understand fairly long lectures and speeches and even follow a complex argument if the subject is relatively familiar to them, and also understand most current affairs and information television programs and most films in standard language.

DELF B2 grammar skills

During the exam, you will need to demonstrate independence, using appropriate DELF B2 grammar.
Tenses and conjugations can be tricky for some learners, and certain structures like past subjunctive, verbal prepositions, and the conjunctions can give you a headache.
Don't worry and don't try to be perfect. With daily practice and study, you will be able to master them.

Here is the list of the 10 essential points of DELF B2 grammar that you must master!

  • 1. Present subjunctive :
    Use of the present subjunctive to express will, doubt, wish, etc.
    Ex : “Selon moi, il faudrait que nous nous adaptions à ce changements.”
  • 2. Past subjunctive :
    Use of the past subjunctive to express actions prior to a given time.
    Ex : “Il est ravi qu’elle soit venue lui rendre visite.”
  • 3. Concordance of tenses :
    Correct use of verb tenses in complex sentences, and subordinate clauses.
    Ex : “Quand je suis arrivé(e), elles étaient déjà parties.” (Passé composé, plus que parfait).
  • 4. Compound relative pronouns :
    Use of compound relative pronouns like “which”, “of which”, “to which” to link sentences.
    Ex : “La ville dans laquelle j’ai grandi était de taille humaine.”
  • 5. Demonstrative pronouns :
    Distinction between “this” and the demonstrative pronouns “this” and “that” in specific contexts.
    Ex : “Cela est fort intéressant.”
  • 6. Verbal prepositions :
    Use of complex prepositions, especially those associated with certain verbs.
    Ex : “Nous réussissons à l’examen / Que pensez-vous de la situation ? / Je pense à eux.”
  • 7. Conjunctive conjunctions :
    Using conjunctive conjunctions to connect ideas in complex sentences.
    Ex : “Bien qu’il fasse froid dehors, je vais sortir pendre l’air.”
  • 8. The conditional mode :
    Correct use of the present and past conditional to express a hypothetical action.
    Ex : “Si j'avais de l'argent, je voyagerais / Si j’avais su, je ne serais pas venu(e).”
  • 9. Idiomatic expressions:
    Familiarity with idiomatic expressions and their correct use in appropriate contexts.
    Ex : “C'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase.” (It's the last straw that breaks the camel's back).
    “Mettre les pieds dans le plat.” (To put one's foot in it; to say or do something tactless or embarrassing).
  • 10. Logical connectors :
    To connect ideas and structure the speech coherently.
    Ex: “Il est ouvert d’esprit tandis qu’elle demeure fermée à toutes propositions / En outre, je voudrais ajouter…”

In summary, you should have a fairly broad and in-depth range of DELF B2 grammar that will enable you to describe situations, engage in discussions, debates and express thoughts coherently on a variety of topics.
These grammar points provide a solid foundation for passing the DELF B2 exam, however, it is also important to practice written and oral comprehension, as well as written and oral production to properly prepare for the DELF B2 exam.

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  • We will design a personalized study plan for you, based on your specific needs and your language level.
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  • Our French lessons target key areas such as listening, reading, writing and speaking and meticulously work on each DELF B2 grammar point such as French connectors or the subjunctive to ensure that each area meets the requirements required for the DELF B2 exams.
  • For homework, we will assign you work to practice grammar if necessary, develop your vocabulary and prepare written and oral comprehension, written and oral production tasks. The homework will then be prepared and reviewed.
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