Je trouve que Max a du talent.

Je trouve normal qu'il ait du succès.

Why is the subjonctif used in the second sentence?


The parallel between the two sentences doesn't hold. In the first one, you give your opinion about Max's gift. If you remove "trouver" and you just state a fact, you'll say

Max a du talent.

In the second sentence, you give your opinion about the naturalness of Max success and not about the existence itself of the success. State a fact again, you'll say

Il est normal qu'il ait du succès.
Qu'il ait du succès est normal.

But the use of the subjontif is quite complex and often a question of usage more than rational rules. See

Qu'il ait du succès est certain.
Il est certain qu'il a du succès.


Je trouve que + indicatif.

Je trouve __ (adj) que + subjonctif.

(expression figée)

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