J'admire qu'elle ___ travailler sans fatigue jusqu'à 22h tous les jours.

Should the indicative peut or the subjunctive puisse be used here? Normally the subjective is used for aimer or détester, so should that also be the case for admirer?


"J'admire que" is not correct, even though some people might say it. You should say "J'admire le fait que ...", followed by subjunctive.

And you can't say "sans fatigue", say "sans se fatiguer" instead.

  • Is there a rule for the verbs which can't be followed by que? And are you sure the subjunctive is mandatory? Of course I'd instinctively use subjunctive, but I can't find a logical reason not to use present in such a case, since it's a generality (elle peut travailler sans se fatiguer, et j'admire ça).
    – Destal
    Dec 7 '16 at 9:12
  • Another question made me realize our use of subjunctive is almost random and not that justified... Every time I try to find a logical reason or a rule I find a example that shouldn't use subjunctive... I read recently that actually, we use subjunctive more than we should, sometimes incorrectly, so I feel like I don't know anything anymore... Dec 7 '16 at 9:22
  • I feel the same about subjunctive, it sounds better but when you ask: "why not present?", then it often ends with "both are correct".
    – Destal
    Dec 7 '16 at 9:33
  • Exactly. I can imagine the struggle for a learner... It has to comes with practice I guess. Dec 7 '16 at 9:37
  • I can only imagine too, since I'm French.
    – Destal
    Dec 7 '16 at 9:55

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