Subjunctive mood shows the joys, challenges of French

03/17/2013 | Atlantic online, The

Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is learning to speak French, and recently his instructor started introducing him to the subjunctive mood. "The terror of French students," Coates calls it. It's used in French to express deeper subtleties of meaning, he writes. While learning it is difficult, the experience has taught Coates how incredible the study of language can be.

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