Uses of the Subjunctive

Uses of the Subjunctive - The sentence must contain two...

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Uses of the Subjunctive The  subjunctive  is a mood that reflects the subject's attitude: wishing, wanting, emotions, doubt,  denial, and disbelief. Although the subjunctive is used far more frequently in French than in English,  you can avoid using it.  The subjunctive is not a tense (which indicates time) but can be put into a time frame. The  present  subjunctive  is the most prevalent and expresses both present and future time.  The present subjunctive refers to actions in the present or the future:  Il est possible que je parte  demain . (It's possible that I will leave tomorrow.)  The subjunctive is needed when all of the following conditions are met:
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Unformatted text preview: The sentence must contain two different clauses with two different subjects. The clauses must be joined by que (that) or, in special instances, by qui . One of the clauses must show wishing, wanting, need, necessity, emotion, doubt, or denial. A French sentence using the subjunctive may have a differing English syntax that often omits the word that and uses an infinitive instead: Il est ncessaire que tu arrives tt . (You have to arrive early. It is necessary that you arrive early.)...
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