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I’d like to know why the subjunctive is used here for I had the idea?

J'ai continué à enseigner à l'Institut français jusqu'à ce que j'aie l'idée de créer le podcast innerFrench. À ce moment-là, une nouvelle aventure a commencé.

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The subjunctive follows « jusqu'à ce que », which is just something to memorise, as well as you have to memorise that it follows « pour que », and other such locutions. See this reference for a useful list: Banque de dépannage linguistique.

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    Oct 7 at 6:26

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