How to stop making mood mistake after "que" in frenchstop making mood mistake after "que" in french

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You never know what mood o use after "que" in french? Well, feel better because even some french people don't.

The rules are simple you just need to learn them.

Verbs that need subjunctive are those that express:  

-A will; a prefrence 

> To order; ordonner que / to demand; exiger que / to fear; craindre que/ demander que/ il est préférable que ...

I prefer to keep the door closed > Je préfère que la porte soit fermée.

 -A refusal, an acceptance 

> To forbid to; interdire que/ prevent from; empecher que/  to accept; accepter que

You may not eat all the sweets: Il est interdit que vous mangiez tous les bonbons 

 -An appreciation 

To like that; aimer que/ to hate that; détester que/ to be happy that; être heureux que/ to think, to find; Trouver normal, injuste.. que 

I am happy you are here: je suis heureux que vous soyez là 

Verbs that need indicative are those that express:  

-Declaration verbs, belief, an oppinion 

> to say that; dire que / to think that; penser que/ to believe that; croire que

I believe I love him: Je crois que je l'aime

to seem, to think; sembler que 

I think we've met before: Je pense qu'on s'est déjà vu 

It seems to me it's up to us: Je pense que c'est à nous de décider 

HOWEVER 

If they express a negative belief you will use the subjunctive as it expresses something that is impossible in reality. 

I don't think they arrived yet : Je ne pense pas qu'ils soient arrivés

I think they arrived : Je pense qu'ils sont arrivés 

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