Concept Test #99 – Avoiding the Subjunctive

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/tas8.html

Rephrase the expression between brackets so as to avoid the subjunctive without changing the meaning of the sentence.

  1. Tammy : J’aime Tex [bien qu’il ait] ses défauts.
  2. Tammy : Il est important [qu’on soit] honnête.
  3. Tex : [Pour que je finisse] mon poème, il me faut de l’inspiration.
  4. Paw-Paw : Il est indispensable pour Tex [qu’il connaisse] sa famille.
  5. Tex : Il est essentiel [que nous lisions] de la poésie.
  6. Tammy : A condition [que nous arrivions] tôt, nous aurons des places.
  7. Fiona : Il faut travailler afin [que nous réussissions] nos examens.
  8. Tammy : [Bien que je fasse] de gros efforts, je ne comprend pas Sartre.
  9. Tammy : Il est nécessaire [que nous fassions] du sport régulièrement!
  10. Edouard : Avant [que je vienne] à Austin, je ne parlais pas anglais.
  11. Tammy : Il est essentiel [qu’on soit] poli (‘polite’).
  12. Tex : Je veux manger avant [que nous allions] au cinéma!

The rules

  • Although the subjunctive is commonly used in French, many alternative turns of phrase are often used to avoid the subjunctive.
  • The sentence can often be rephrased using one subject, with an infinitive following the preposition
  • Some conjunctions, like jusqu’à ce que and bien que, which introduce the subjunctive, may be restated using prepositions followed by a noun.
  • Using the infinitive involves a restatement of the content so there is only one grammatical subject in the sentence.
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