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Using the Italian subjunctive to be polite

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.


See also:

Italian Course: Unit 21 The present subjunctive tense

Italian Course: Unit 23 The imperfect subjunctive tense

Italian Course: Unit 25 The pluperfect subjunctive

Italian Course: Unit 28 The present perfect subjunctive tense

Italian Verb Tenses Exercises Imperfect subjunctive, Past subjunctive, ...


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