French - subjunctive or not? Watch

zed007
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I need help! I've always been a bit confused about the subjunctive - apparently it should never be used when there is no doubt :confused:

So should I use it for 'Bien que'? I'm writing my French coursework and Im trying to say "Although the French are behind the Americans..." (statistics-wise), and as this is a statement Im not sure whether or not to use subjuntive.

So far I've come up with: "Bien qu'ils soient derrière les Américains" but I have a feeling this is wrong. I'm a bit confused so any help would be appreciated!
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Bien que takes the subjunctive when you mean 'although'. So your sentence is correct! Hope that helps
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"Bien qu'ils soient en r*etard par rapport aux Américains" would be better I think...

I'm not sure you can use "derrière" in that figurative sense, but I may be wrong...

The subjunctive's definitely right, though.
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It isn't considered good style to begin a sentence with Bien que.
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