Concept Test #98 – Past Subjunctive or Past Indicative

http://www.laits.utexas.edu/tex/gr/tas7.html

Fill in the blank with either the present subjunctive or the present indicative of the verb in parentheses.

  1. Tex : Je voudrais que Tammy ________ habiter avec moi. (venir)
  2. Bette : Je sais que Tex _________ un génie. (être)
  3. Tammy : Je ne pense pas que Bette __________ beaucoup d’amis. (avoir)
  4. Paw-Paw : Je suis triste que tu _______ partir, Tex. (devoir)
  5. Tex : Y a-t-il un poète qui _________ plus fin que moi? (être)
  6. Tammy : Je ne suis pas sûre que Tex _______ faire la cuisine. (savoir)
  7. Fiona : Il est important que tu ___________ un cours intéressant. (choisir)
  8. Tammy : Tex trouve que nous _________ heureux. (être)
  9. Tammy : Tex pense qu’il _________ attendre avant le mariage. (falloir)
  10. Edouard : Je suis ravi que vous ___________ ma recette. (aimer)
  11. Tammy : J’exige que tu ________ te raser, Tex! (aller)
  12. Tex : Je crois que Tammy ________ m’épouser. (vouloir)

The rules

  • WEDDINGS is a mnemonic device that can help you recall the main points concerning the subjunctive. What are some of the essential components of a wedding?
  • First, there are always two people who get married at a wedding. And just like a wedding, the subjunctive requires two different subjects in two different clauses.
  • Second, a ring is often used to symbolize the couple’s union at a wedding. And just like the ring, the subordinating conjunction que is essential in joining together the two clauses.
  • Remember that there are also certain other conjunctions which always require the subjunctive.
  • And finally, the wedding party (the bride and groom and parents and friends) often run the gamut of emotions during the marriage ceremony: doubt, happiness, sadness, desire. Similarly, the subjunctive is a mood that indicates a speaker’s attitude or opinion about the events expressed. The use of the subjunctive is often triggered by an expression of emotion.
  • In summary, remember that a wedding always contains the following: two different people (subjects) joined by a ring (que) in an emotion-laden context! The different categories that describe the contexts for the subjunctive spell out weddings.
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