« On doit envisager la possibilité qu'éventuellement, elle n'ait pas vu... »

I cannot figure out which of "envisager", "possibilité", or "éventuellement" necessitates Subjonctif in the ensuing clause.

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    I think the verb influences the use of subjunctive, so envisager would be the answer.
    – Archa
    Jul 3, 2016 at 20:24
  • No, take this sentence for instance : "Il faut envisager des solutions stables et durables.". It is 'possibilité' indeed which implie the use of subjonctif.
    – Shashimee
    Jul 4, 2016 at 7:42

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Here, the subjonctif is used to denote a possibility. It is generally the meaning of the sentence that necessitates it, not a word in particular.
Here, "envisager", "possibilité", and "éventuellement" both means that what is following is only a possibility.

For example in the sentence

Je serais triste qu'elle n'ait pas vu...

Je serais triste are not particular words, but the usage of conditional present denotes the same possibility, hence the subjonctif.


I would say possibilité because without it, I would use qu'elle n'a pas vu.

On doit envisager la possibilité qu'elle n'ait pas vu...

On doit envisager qu'éventuellement, elle n'a pas vu...

On doit imaginer la possibilité qu'éventuellement, elle n'ait pas vu...

But I think subjonctif is not required in any case in this exemple, with or without envisager, possibilité, or éventuellement.

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