does falloir not take the subjunctive in the negative?

LeahC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

does falloir not take the subjunctive in the negative?

Il ne faut ramasser que ce qu'on peut manger le jour-même .... why isn't it "puisse"?
Asked 5 months ago
AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Il faut que + [subordinate clause] always takes the subjunctive, but il faut + [infinitive] does not. 

In this case the verb after faut is the infinitive ramasser, so it doesn't take the subjunctive. Any other verbs later in the sentence are unaffected, because they don't follow immediately after il faut.

By the way, I don't think this is a negative, it's ne ... que = only

does falloir not take the subjunctive in the negative?

Il ne faut ramasser que ce qu'on peut manger le jour-même .... why isn't it "puisse"?

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
Getting that for you now.