Why is this not in the subjunctive form?

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helen

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25 October 2017

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Why is this not in the subjunctive form?

C'est vrai qu'il est un peu nul. Since this is an opinion wouldn't it be "qu'il soit un peu nul."

This relates to:
Conjugate être in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood) -

Megan

Kwiziq community member

31 October 2017

31/10/17

The indicative is used to express beliefs as well as certainty, while one of the uses of the subjunctive is to imply doubt. "C'est vrai" implies a degree of certainty, which is why the indicative is used in this example. A similar structure would be "Je pense qu'il est un peu nul." (belief - therefore, Indicative) vs. "Penses-tu qu'il soit un peu nul?" The interrogative form implies doubt and thus requires subjunctive.

helen

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31 October 2017

31/10/17

Thank you!!

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