David asked: "Why does "au cas où" take the conditional rather than the subjunctive?"

AurélieKwiziq team member

David asked: "Why does "au cas où" take the conditional rather than the subjunctive?"

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour David !

Unfortunately, I have to admit I have no explanation for you :(

I must even admit that as a native speaker, I actually used to make that mistake regularly before looking into it for the site... 
All I can say is that Le Conditionnel is also a mode that expresses hypotheses and theoretical cases, hence it's logical that it'd be used in such a context.

I hope that's helpful! 

MichaelA2Kwiziq community member
au cas que takes the subjuctive.  Au cas qu'il fasse beau.

David asked: "Why does "au cas où" take the conditional rather than the subjunctive?"

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