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Unformatted text preview: The subjunctive expresses an action viewed as potential and whose realization is doubted or uncertain. The desired purpose or end may never be met. You can sense a distinct difference in mental outlook between the indicative il est probable (it is probable) and the subjunctive il est possible (it is possible). • Il est probable que tu réussiras . (It is probable that you will succeed.) • Il est possible que tu réussisses . (It is possible that you will succeed.) That same difference exists between the indicative il paraît (it appears) and the subjunctive il semble (it seems). After verbs of opinion or knowledge, such as penser (to think), croire (to believe), and espérer (to hope), the indicative or the subjunctive is chosen depending upon the meaning of certainty or uncertainty that the speaker wishes to convey. Used affirmatively, these verbs usually require the uncertainty that the speaker wishes to convey....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.
- Spring '08