De peur que + ne explétif + Le Subjonctif = For fear that

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De peur que + ne explétif + Le Subjonctif = For fear that

My reflexive response to translation of 'We opened the windows out of fear there might be a gas leak.' was 'Nous avons ouvert les fenêtres de peur qu'il ne puisse y avoir une fuite de gaz.' given that there is a sense of conditional pouvoir in the translation ('there could be or 'might be', rather than the softer 'we're not sure' sense of avoir in the subjunctive. Any thoughts?

Asked 2 years ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour John,

Your answer is grammatically correct and in a everyday conversation it would be perfectly acceptable. However, if 'there could be' was expected, a hint asking to use 'pouvoir' would have been displayed so as to avoid any ambiguity. As there is none, the expected answer is simply to use 'there might be' (= qu'il n'y ait). 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

De peur que + ne explétif + Le Subjonctif = For fear that

My reflexive response to translation of 'We opened the windows out of fear there might be a gas leak.' was 'Nous avons ouvert les fenêtres de peur qu'il ne puisse y avoir une fuite de gaz.' given that there is a sense of conditional pouvoir in the translation ('there could be or 'might be', rather than the softer 'we're not sure' sense of avoir in the subjunctive. Any thoughts?

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