Why is this in the past tense and not the present tense?

helen

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2017

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Why is this in the past tense and not the present tense?

"Il a peur que nous ne soyons pas rentrées à temps." (He's worried that we might not get home on time.) Why wouldn't this be in the present tense subjunctive? "il a peur que nous ne rentrions pas a temps."

This relates to:
Conjugate verbs in Le Subjonctif Passé (past subjunctive) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2017

14/12/17

Hmmmmm....I would have translated the given French sentence as: "He is afraid that we might not have got home on time." But I would hope Aurélie chimes in on that. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

helen

Kwiziq community member

15 December 2017

15/12/17

Thanks, Chris, I hope she or Laura chimes in!!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 December 2017

15/12/17

Bonjour Helen and Chris ! Yes indeed, the translation was off, but thanks to you, I've now edited the example accordingly. :) Merci beaucoup et à bientôt !

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