If we use the subjunctive form we are using a more polite form than in the indicative form. Look at these two sentences:
Indicative: Lei ha sbagliato.
Subjunctive: Penso che Lei abbia sbagliato.
So if we want to talk in a polite, respectful way we should use the subjunctive form.
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