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Je pense que j'ai vu leur numéro de téléphone quelque part

PaulC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Je pense que j'ai vu leur numéro de téléphone quelque part

"I think that I saw their phone number" : As "I" is the subject for both verbs i.e. "think" and "saw", would "Je pense avoir vu leur numéro quelque part" be an acceptable alternative here, or would that just be wrong?  

Asked 4 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Paul,

You are right, Paul! Both are correct: penser que / penser + [past infinitive]. It has now been amended. 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Paul,

'Penser + [infinitive]' is used to express 'to plan to do [sth]' or 'to hope to' while 'penser que' will be translated as 'to think (that)'.

So in this instance, you wouldn't have 'penser + [infinitive]'

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

But is that true for penser + [past infinitive]?

Google phrase search gives a lot of hits for "pense avoir vu" or "pensait avoir vu".

Je pense que j'ai vu leur numéro de téléphone quelque part

"I think that I saw their phone number" : As "I" is the subject for both verbs i.e. "think" and "saw", would "Je pense avoir vu leur numéro quelque part" be an acceptable alternative here, or would that just be wrong?  

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