the usage of l'indicatif after "que" for "comment ça se fait que"

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Umi

Kwiziq community member

15 March 2019

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the usage of l'indicatif after "que" for "comment ça se fait que"

Bonjour,

Recently, I saw a video by a French prof saying that we use l'indicatif after the pronom relatif "que" in "comment ça se fait que" for an informal conversation.

Is it correct?

Thank you very much for your response!!!

This question relates to:
French lesson "Comment ça se fait ? / Comment se fait-il que... ? = How come? / How is it that...?"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 March 2019

16/03/19

Hi Umi,

Yes, you have to use ‘que’ after ‘comment ça se fait’ or ‘comment se fait-il’ -

Comment ça se fait que vous arrivez en retard ?= How come (that) you are arriving late?

In English it has disappeared but very much essential in French...

Umi

Kwiziq community member

16 March 2019

16/03/19

Bonjour Cécile,

Thank you very much for your response.

Sorry!! I think I didn't explain well for the question I had.

My question was le subjonctif vs l'indicatif after the pronom relatif "que" for "Comment ça se fait que..."

It seems that we must use le subjonctif, however, I saw a video by a French professeur saying that l'indicatif is used in an informal conversation.

For example, "Comment ça se fait que t'es encore en retard ?"

Instead of, "Comment ça se fait que tu sois encore en retard ?"

Thanks very much!!!

umi

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

17 March 2019

17/03/19

Hi Umi,

In my opinion you would use:

the indicative after ‘Comment ça se fait que ...’ 

which is a lower register to the more elegant

‘ Comment se fait-il que ...‘ which will be followed by the subjunctive.

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