Use of subjonctif for "il est extraordinaire que ..."

AdrianC1Kwiziq community member

Use of subjonctif for "il est extraordinaire que ..."

On an test I received for this lesson. Kwiziq says "it is extraordinary that something happened" translates in French to  "il est extraordinaire que quelque chose se soit passé"


My thoughts: "it is extraordinary that something happened" seems to refer to a certain factual event , already in the past, which is not a suggestion, wish, etc. , so why use subjonctif ? This clearly is not the same as "It is important for something to happen..." 

Merci,

Adrian

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Adrian,

The subjunctive follows many impersonal expressions like 'il faut' or 'il est nécessaire que ' or in this case 'il est extraordinaire que ' but many more conveying a mixture of emotions -

Il est temps que vous arriviez = It's time that you arrive

Il est bon qu'elle soit au courant = It's good for her to be in the know

Il est triste qu'elles aient perdu tout leur argentIt is sad that they lost all their money

Il est prudent /urgent que vous lui disiez la vérité It is prudent/urgent for you to tell her /him the truth 

etc...

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In French one uses the subjunctive with superlative statements. And this one qualifies as one.

Use of subjonctif for "il est extraordinaire que ..."

On an test I received for this lesson. Kwiziq says "it is extraordinary that something happened" translates in French to  "il est extraordinaire que quelque chose se soit passé"


My thoughts: "it is extraordinary that something happened" seems to refer to a certain factual event , already in the past, which is not a suggestion, wish, etc. , so why use subjonctif ? This clearly is not the same as "It is important for something to happen..." 

Merci,

Adrian

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