Avoiding the Subjunctive

Avoiding the Subjunctive - BUT: Il doute qu'il viendra. (He...

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Avoiding the Subjunctive The subjunctive may be avoided in the following ways:  If the subjects of both clauses in the sentence are exactly the same in  meaning,  que  is omitted and the subjunctive is replaced by the infinitive:  J'aimerais faire du shopping.  (I would like to go shopping.)  BUT: J'aimerais que nous fassions du shopping.  (I would like for us to go  shopping.)  Note that the same subject pronoun can indicate different subjects and  il  can be  impersonal:  Il faut qu'il vienne.  (He must come.)  Il doute qu'il vienne.  (He [Pierre] doubts that he [Marc] will come.) 
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Unformatted text preview: BUT: Il doute qu'il viendra. (He [Marc] doubts that he [Marc] will come.) When conjunctions are used, if the subjects of the two clauses are the same, an infinitive construction is used: Je lui tlphonerai avant de partir. (I'll call him before leaving.) BUT: Je lui tlphonerai avant que tu partes. (I'll call him before you leave.) A clause can be replaced with a noun: Tu me verras avant que je ne parte . (You will see me before I leave.) Tu me verras avant mon dpart . (You will see me before my departure.)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course MATH 1310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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