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about subjunctive

Umi

Kwiziq community member

9 October 2016

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about subjunctive

I encountered this sentence: Si intelligent soit-il, il ne pourra réussir ce concours étant donné son peu de préparation. Is this another way of creating a sentence with subjunctive? Thank you very much.

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Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 October 2016

11/10/16

Bonjour Umi !

Yes indeed, the Subjunctive mood is used in a lot of different structures, expressing uncertainty or doubt. In this one, it's the hypothesis that he is clever enough, but the speaker cannot be 100% sure, hence the use of subjunctive.

I hope that's helpful!

Umi

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2016

12/10/16

Dear Aurélie,
Thank you very much for your response! Very helpful!!! I guessed that it was a subjective due to the usage of "soit", but I've never seen that particular "form" in the grammar books. Thank you again!!!
Umi
ps
It is not -1 vote! It is ++1vote!!

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