C'est l'émission la plus drôle que nous ayons jamais regardée!

Jack

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2019

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C'est l'émission la plus drôle que nous ayons jamais regardée!

n'ayons?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate verbs in Le Subjonctif Passé (past subjunctive)"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

22 January 2019

22/01/19

This sentence is not a negation. Jamais here means "ever" instead of the usual "never" when used in conjunction with ne..jamais.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

22 January 2019

22/01/19

Hi Jack,

If you are questioning why the subjunctive of 'avoir' - ayons is used in the sentence , it is a rule that after superlatives  and after le premier, le dernier, le seul,  le meilleur (here 'the funniest' ), the subjunctive will follow because there's a doubt that in fact it is the truth... 

e.g.

C'est le plus grand marteau que j'aie jamais acheté = That's the biggest hammer I have ever bought

C'est le plus beau magasin que j'aie jamais vu = That's the most beautiful store I have ever seen

Arthur est le seul qui ait proposé de m'aider = Arthur is the only one who offered to help me

C'est le meilleur repas que nous ayons jamais manger = That's the best meal we have ever eaten

N.B. If there's no doubt whatsoever, sometimes the indicative will be used .

Hope this helps!

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