J’espère que vous allez bien !
I am desperate to find out a fact!
According to your site, penser may require the subjunctive, depending on whether it is used affirmatively, negatively, or interrogatively.
So, I use the subjunctive for an interrogative sentence.
However, when I did a petit quiz on the subjonctive, my answer was wrong.
“Tu penses qu’il soit capable de réussir ?”
The correct answer is “est”!
But why? Because this question is informal, not “Penses-tu qu’il…”?
I appreciate your information.
That's a really good question!
In this particular case, the sentence is a declarative question with the word order being affirmative - like in a declarative sentence.
-> it's a fact - Indicative mood
-> you're highly expecting a "yes" answer - Indicative mood
-> interrogative sentence - You're really not sure about the answer (you have lots of doubt) - Subjunctive mood
I hope this is helpful.
Bonne journée !
Imagine that it is you speaking to a friend and you asking your friend their assessment of a third person's chance or possibility of success.
It is not you, the enquirer; expressing doubt. You are enquiring if your friend has this doubt/misgiving or not.
This is how I read the situation -- I hope it helps.
Thank you for your “answer” or comment.
Since lawlessfrench.com indicates:
…penser may require the subjunctive, depending on whether it is used affirmatively, negatively, or interrogatively, I accept MY answer “soit” for this quiz.
I realise it’s not an affiliated site, but frenchtoday.com has a great article on "What is the French Subjunctive" which goes into some detail about the decision whether to use it or not, based on the probability of a positive or negative answer to a question.
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