Can the verb haïr be used insteadof détester and if so would it take the subjunctive?

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Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

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Can the verb haïr be used insteadof détester and if so would it take the subjunctive?

This relates to:
Aimer que / détester que + Le Subjonctif = to like / hate that -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

2/07/17

Bonjour Jennifer, Here is a link to the «Subjunctivisor» on this site. I searched it and was unable to locate haïr as a verb that needs the subjunctive. Bonne chance.

Andy

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

2/07/17

Hi Jennifer,
As far as I can see the verb haïr would (in theory) trigger the subjective, given that it's a strong expression of opinion or judgement. But, and this is a big but, quite simply it is never used in french to express "I hate that [something is the case]." In this case "détester que" remains the correct construction.

Jennifer

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

2/07/17

Thank you both. I looked up larrousse and I think it seems to take de plus an infinitive. Not sure concentration going will look again later.

Andy

Kwiziq community member

2 July 2017

2/07/17

Further research shows you're right. It can be used in such a construction and yes it does take the subjunctive: Haïr que (+ subjonctif) : il hait que l'on arrive en retard.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

6 July 2017

6/07/17

Bonjour Jennifer !

The answer is yes: haïr is a synonym of détester, though less commonly used nowadays, and just like détester, will be followed by Le Subjonctif:

Je hais que tu sois si parfait !

I hate that you are so perfect!

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Catriona

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2018

9/01/18

Just to let you know, Aurélie, haïr is still being marked as wrong.

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