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

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 September 2016

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

This question relates to:
French lesson "Au cas où + Le Conditionnel = In case"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 September 2016

12/09/16

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! 

Michael

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

27/10/18

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

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