If I wanted to say something to the effect of, "It seems like it was just yesterday that we spoke about ..." I was thinking about using "il semble que..." which requires the subjunctive mood.

Therefore, would i simply say "Il semble que ça soit juste hier que l'on se parlait de..." ?since this is in the context of spoken not literary french.

Thanks in advance:)

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    In French "just" (only) is not rendered by "juste" but by "seulement".
    – LPH
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 14:16

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Il me semble que should be followed by the indicative here because there is no uncertainty:

Il (me) semble que c'était hier que nous avons parlé de...

You might also use j'ai l'impression que... or on dirait que... instead of il (me) semble que....

  • Thanks. Is 'on se parlait' the incorrect tense to use? I had used the inperfect because it was an ongoing action in the past.
    – user18084
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 14:22
  • The imperfect would be used for a recurring event: Il semble que c'était chaque dimanche qu'on se parlait..
    – jlliagre
    Commented Oct 14, 2018 at 14:42

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