Il faut que je fasse mes devoirs.

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Kwiziq community member

4 January 2018

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Il faut que je fasse mes devoirs.

Il faut que je fasse mes devoirs. (I must do my homework.) Could this also be: Il me faut que je fasse mes devoirs? When do you use the reflexive?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)"


Kwiziq community member

5 January 2018


It would be "Il me faut faire mes devoirs."
The two versions are very similar but saying "Il faut que je fasse mes devoirs." is more of a general statement.

But a native speaker would have to weigh in on this.

-- Chris.


Kwiziq language super star

5 January 2018


Bonjour Heather !

The "il me faut" structure can only be followed by a noun or an infinitive, whereas "il faut que" will be followed by a full clause (subject + conuugated verb).

In terms of usage, "il faut que je fasse" is more colloquial and commonly used, whereas "il me faut faire" would actually sound a bit over sophisticated.

Here are links to our two related lessons:

I hope that's helpful!

Bonne journée !


Kwiziq community member

5 January 2018


Merci beaucoup Aurelie et Claus.


Kwiziq community member

4 November 2018


And I thought I was so smart to be able to avoid the subjunctive in those cases by using "Il me faut" structres. All this time I thought it sounded more childlike and instead it was the exact opposite. I guess I have to finally get that subjunctive in my head somehow. It's one of those things I just don't get.

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