Bonjour - question on use of subjunctive for "sembler que"

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Bill

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2018

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Bonjour - question on use of subjunctive for "sembler que"

I have read that if the subject of the secondary clause is the same, that one should not use the subjunctive, instead just use the infinitive.   But i have a sentence where i'm trying to figure out how to do that even though it feels like the subject has to be restated and would require conjugation.  I'm trying to say "Sometimes I feel like i don't know any french", and here's what i've come up with.  Would be great to get some guidance on this, perhaps there's a better way to construct the sentence.  Merci!

Parfois, je me semble que je ne sache aucun de francais.

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate savoir in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)"

Bill

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2018

14/11/18

Actually i think it should be: "Il me semble parfois que je ne sache aucun de francais"

BUT.. i just read the following phrase in a book and i'm perplexed as to why the subjunctive is not used:

"Il me semble parfois que je sors d'un chauchemar et que je vais me retrouver dans mon lit."

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 November 2018

16/11/18

Hi Bill,

You won't have the subjunctive after the affirmative sentence, Il me semble que ... but you will, if it is a negative or interogative sentence because a doubt is introduced:

Il me semble que ça va de soi = It seems to me that it goes without saying

Il ne me semble pas que ça soit possible = I don't think it's possible 

Vous semble-t-il qu'il soit déjà là? = Do you think he's already there?

Hope this helps!

Bill

Kwiziq community member

16 November 2018

16/11/18

Merci beaucoup Cécile!

What's funny is I checked the subjunctivisor at the attached link and it indicates that "il semble" does require the subjunctive.  Is this a mistake, or am I misunderstanding?

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/subjunctivisor/il-semble/

Bill

Kwiziq community member

16 November 2018

16/11/18

Oh, we are talking about "il me semble que" not "il semble que".
Is that the difference?  If so then i guess it depends on whether you are using the reflexive pronoun?  That definitely complicates things! :(

Merci!

Bill

Kwiziq community member

16 November 2018

16/11/18

And I just found the correct link to "il me semble que" - no need to reply.  Curious why there's a difference but perhaps I can find that somewhere to.

Learning is so fun! :)

Merci

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