Subjonctif for something that happened?

EleonoraC1Kwiziq community member

Subjonctif for something that happened?

I had the following question in my quiz: Je ne suis pas content que Maurice ________ sa visite. I'm not happy that Maurice cancelled his visit. (HINT: Use le Subjonctif Passé de ''annuler'')" Why is the Subjonctif Passé used here when it seems that Maurice definitely cancelled the visit? 
Asked 2 years ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Eleonora,

"je ne suis pas content que Maurice ait annulé sa visite"

Do you not agree that "ait annulé" expresses a completed action?

I believe that it does express that "cancelled the visit" is a completed action.

Hope this helps?

Jim

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

“Être content (que) needs the subjunctive; the tense is determined by it being a completed action as Jim notes. 

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/subjunctivisor/etre-content/

Subjonctif for something that happened?

I had the following question in my quiz: Je ne suis pas content que Maurice ________ sa visite. I'm not happy that Maurice cancelled his visit. (HINT: Use le Subjonctif Passé de ''annuler'')" Why is the Subjonctif Passé used here when it seems that Maurice definitely cancelled the visit? 

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