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Why somerimes they use subjonctif and sometimes not? I found two sentences in a book: 1.Nous esperons que vous arriverez a temps. 2.Je vais lire les journaux en attendant que ton pere revienne. They are all telling something that will happen in future,Why 2. uses subjonctif while 1. uses indicatif? Thanks.
28 mag 2015 11:11
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You can find rules, but sometimes I don't find them convincing enough. You just need to know that usually when the outcome is dubious, uncertain, unlikely, then you use the subjunctive. However, some verb like "espérer" or "penser" is never followed by subjunctive even though it is questionable whether what is hoped or thought is certain or not. Some says, this is because the result is so desired that it is considered as certain by the speaker. Well, when you compare to Spanish that is more logical in the use of subjunctive, they use the subjunctive after the verb esperar, which is the same as the French espérer. Unfortunately, only practice will tell you when to use subjunctive and when indicative future.
29 maggio 2015
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28 maggio 2015
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