Tenir à ce que

GC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Tenir à ce que

I haven't come across this before. Could someone explain it's meaning?

Asked 3 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi G, 

The expression 'tenir à ce que' is complex and thank you for pointing this out.

The verb 'tenir à quelque chose/quelqu'un' is used to convey when something is dear/important  to you -

Il tient beaucoup à elle He is very attached to her / she is very dear to him 

You can add another verb like in,  tenir à faire -

Je tiens à y aller = I am determined to go 
Je tiens à vous dire ... = It's important to me to tell you

The sentence in the text is :

Nous tenions à ce que vous sachiez à quel point nous avons apprécié ... = It was very important for us that you knew to what extent we appreciated ....

Hope this helps!

 

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi G,

Tenir à ce que  + subjunctive  --> to insist that      (expressions of will - orders, advice)

Or      "to make sure that"

Hope this helps.

Jim

GC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you Cécile and Jim !

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