Why does the following sentence require the use of the subjunctive, please?

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2016

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Why does the following sentence require the use of the subjunctive, please?

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2016

4/07/16

C'est l'émission la plus drôle que nous n'ayons jamais regardé!
(this is the sentence: my question 'took off' before I'd finished typing, before!)
Cheryl

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

4 July 2016

4/07/16

C'est l'émission la plus drôle que nous n'ayons jamais regardé!
(this is the sentence: my question 'took off' before I'd finished typing, before!)
Cheryl

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 July 2016

6/07/16

Bonjour Cheryl !

Here the correct answer would be "C'est l'émission la plus drôle que nous ayons jamais regardé!": indeed here "jamais" is used as "ever" and doesn't need the "ne".
This is a special Superlative case, -> "the most ___ that I've ever seen", which is always followed by Le Subjonctif Passé. You use Le Subjonctif here as there's no certainty that you won't watch anything funnier "ever".

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

6 July 2016

6/07/16

Merci Aurélie !
I just couldn't figure out what was causing the doubt etc. in this sentence, that made it necessary to put the verb in the subjunctive form. I understand now, thank you.
Cheryl

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

6 July 2016

6/07/16

Merci Aurélie !
I just couldn't figure out what was causing the doubt etc. in this sentence, that made it necessary to put the verb in the subjunctive form. I understand now, thank you.
Cheryl

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