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Prétendre que - French subjunctive?

Does prétendre que take the French subjunctive?

Yes and no!

Prétendre que is followed by the French subjunctive only in negative sentences and in questions with inversion.
In affirmative sentences, the verb is conjugated in the indicative.


Prétendre que – To pretend that

Affirmative: Il prétend qu’il ne t’entend pas.
He pretends he can’t hear you.

Negation: Il ne prétend pas qu’il ne t’entende pas.
He doesn’t pretend he can’t hear you.

Question with inversion: Prétend-il qu’il ne t’entende pas?
Is he pretending he can’t hear you?

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Être certain (certaine) que
To be certain that

Être convaincu (convaincue) que
To be convinced that

Être sûr (sûre) que
To be sure that

Il me semble que
It seems to me that

Il n’y a pas de doute que
There is no doubt that

Il paraît que
It appears that

Savoir que
To know that

Signifier que
To mean that

Voir que
To see that

Vouloir dire que
To mean that

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