When to use "il faut", and when to use "il faut QUE"?

AurélieKwiziq team member

When to use "il faut", and when to use "il faut QUE"?

Can I say "On faut faire quelque chose" ?
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AurélieKwiziq team member
"​Falloir" is a very peculiar verb in French: the main thing to remember is that it can only be used in the impersonal form: "il faut". You cannot say: "je faus, tu faus, on faut" etc... ​ "Il faut" is easy to use therefore when in a general context, meaning 'one', 'we' or 'people' must... ​e.g. Il faut fermer la bouche quand on mange. (One must close one's mouth when one eats.)​ ​ ​However, it gets trickier when you need to express 'I, you, he, she, [specific]we... must': that is when you use "Il faut que" + the right person + verb in Le Subjonctif. ​e.g. Il faut que je sois à l'heure demain. (I must be on time tomorrow.) ​ I hope that's helpful.
LauraKwiziq team member
Very good explanation! You can also use an indirect object pronoun, e.g., Il me faut être à l'heure.

When to use "il faut", and when to use "il faut QUE"?

Can I say "On faut faire quelque chose" ?

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