Comment ça se fait qu'il faille se subjonctif avec cette construction?

Almut

Kwiziq community member

22 May 2016

6 replies

Comment ça se fait qu'il faille se subjonctif avec cette construction?

(Sorry, couldn't resit.) Into which category does this example fall. It is obviously not a conjunction that triggers the subjonctif here and I also don't see any of the verbs that normally ask for subjonctif - or anything else I've encountered so far with respect to the subjonctif.

This relates to:
Comment ça se fait ? / Comment se fait-il que... ? = How come? / How is it that...? -

Almut

Kwiziq community member

22 May 2016

22/05/16

Sorry, typo: "Comment ça se fait qu'il faille Le subjonctif avec cette construction?"

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2016

23/05/16

Hint: "fait que"

Almut

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2016

23/05/16

Thank you, Christopher. I googled the expression and found this: http://bdl.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/bdl/gabarit_bdl.asp?id=3650

However, I have the impression that it is mostly the first case (faire que + indicatif) that is applicable here. Is it because it is a question that it turns into subjonctif?

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

24 May 2016

24/05/16

I'm not a teacher but I would say because it expresses doubt/uncertainty. One of the triggers for subjunctive is the lack of certainty (but there are always exceptions. It's covered a lot in the B2 level tests. Other triggers are emotions, necessity, possibility, wants/desires.

You can find great examples here and on https://www.lawlessfrench.com/.

Almut

Kwiziq community member

24 May 2016

24/05/16

Thank you, Christopher, for the link to https://www.lawlessfrench.com.

I found many interesting things there! Just not the answer to my question. But I'll keep searching... :-)

Christopher

Kwiziq community member

25 May 2016

25/05/16

I would not lose sleep over the subjunctive if you're not at an advanced level. It's not always evident because there are many situations that cause it to be used. French speakers will know when you missed one and they will praise you when you get it right. I've been working on it for 5 years and it's just now starting to make sense to me. For now all you need to know is there has to be a "que" and from that you should add one of the conditions that requires subjunctive until you master that particular condition. Kwiziq is great at teaching this as it will do exactly what I described above. For example, in my current tests I've been drilled repeated on il faut que to the point I dream about it.

I still don't quite understand your original question, it's not clear what you're asking is causing the subjunctive but just the fact that it's posting a question implies uncertainty which normally requires subjunctive.

Good luck

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