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INTRODUCTION
Eric: Hi everyone, I'm Eric.
Yasmine: And I'm Yasmine.
Eric: And welcome to Must-Know French Sentence Structures, Season 1, Lesson 18. Expressing Uncertainty.
Eric: In this lesson, you'll learn how to use a sentence pattern for expressing possibility.
PATTERN
Eric: For example, "I might go grocery shopping later."
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Yasmine: [slow] Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Eric: The pattern for expressing possibility has 3 elements. First, the expression literally meaning "It may be that I," equivalent of "I might."
Yasmine: Il se peut que je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to do" in the subjunctive form.
Yasmine: fasse.
Eric: Third, the complement, in this case "grocery shopping later."
Yasmine: les courses plus tard.
Eric: Altogether, we have "I might go grocery shopping later."
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard. [slow] Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard. [normal] Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Eric: First you have the expression "it may be that I." This is followed by a verb in the subjunctive form modified in gender and number according to the subject, and lastly the complement.
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Eric: So remember, to express possibility, first start with the expression "it may be that I." Next is a verb in the subjunctive form modified in gender and number according to the subject, and last what you might do.
Eric: Here's another example meaning, "I might work this summer." First, the expression literally meaning "It may be that I," equivalent of "I might."
Yasmine: Il se peut que je.
Eric: Second, the verb "to work" in the subjunctive form.
Yasmine: travaille.
Eric: Third, the complement, in this case "this summer."
Yasmine: cet été.
Eric: Altogether we have...
Yasmine: Il se peut que je travaille cet été. [slow] Il se peut que je travaille cet été. [normal] Il se peut que je travaille cet été.
Eric: "I might work this summer."
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que je travaille cet été.
Eric: How do you say - "I might be late." To give you a hint, "to arrive late" is...
Yasmine: arriver en retard. [slow] arriver en retard. [normal] arriver en retard.
Eric: "I might be late."
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que j'arrive en retard. [slow] Il se peut que j'arrive en retard. [normal] Il se peut que j'arrive en retard.
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que j'arrive en retard.
REVIEW
Eric: Let's review the sentences from this lesson. I’ll give you the English equivalent of the phrase, and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud in French. Here we go.
Eric: "I might go grocery shopping later."
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Eric: "I might work this summer."
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que je travaille cet été.
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que je travaille cet été.
Eric: "I might be late."
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que j'arrive en retard.
[pause]
Yasmine: Il se peut que j'arrive en retard.

Outro

Eric: Okay. That's all for this lesson. You learned a pattern for expressing possibility, as in...
Yasmine: Il se peut que je fasse les courses plus tard.
Eric: meaning "I might go grocery shopping later."
Eric: You can find more vocab or phrases that go with this sentence pattern in the lesson notes. So please be sure to check them out on FrenchPod101.com. Thanks, everyone, see you next time!
Yasmine: A la prochaine!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Try formulating a sentence using this pattern!

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Sunday at 09:58 PM
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Bonjour Gwynn et merci pour votre message !


Vous allez bien ?

Etes-vous allé à la gym finalement ?


Bon dimanche !

Marie Alice

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Gwynn
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Il se peut que j'aille a la gym aujourd'hui .