subjunctive: piacere and reflexive verbs

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Zatarra
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subjunctive: piacere and reflexive verbs

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I've begun learning the subjunctive mood, and I'm a bit uncertain about using it in a sentence with piacere and reflexive verbs.

Are the following correct?

1.
Non sono sicuro che mi piaccia. (I'm not sure I like her)
Also, if I want to stress that I'm speaking of a woman can I say:
'non sono sicuro che lei mi piaccia?'

2.
Sospetto che si senta male (I suspect she feels ill)
Again, if I want to stress it's a woman, do I say:
'Sospetto che lei si senta male'?
If it's negative, do I place the 'non' after 'si' like so:
'Sospetto che lei si non senta male'?
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umberto
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Re: subjunctive: piacere and reflexive verbs

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Zatarra wrote:I've begun learning the subjunctive mood, and I'm a bit uncertain about using it in a sentence with piacere and reflexive verbs.

Are the following correct?

1.
Non sono sicuro che mi piaccia. (I'm not sure I like her)

Perfect!!

Also, if I want to stress that I'm speaking of a woman can I say:
'non sono sicuro che lei mi piaccia?'

Perfect!!

2.
Sospetto che si senta male (I suspect she feels ill)

Perfect!!

Again, if I want to stress it's a woman, do I say:
'Sospetto che lei si senta male'?

Perfect!!

If it's negative, do I place the 'non' after 'si' like so:
'Sospetto che lei si non senta male'?
No, it's "sospetto che lei non si senta male"
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'non' goes before the reflexive pronoun. Ho capito.

Thankyou.
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Post by umberto »

Zatarra wrote:'non' goes before the reflexive pronoun. Ho capito.

Thankyou.
Yes, it always goes before!!

As you exactly said, you use the pronoun to point out whom you’re talking about (especially with the congiuntivo, the only mood which doesn’t distinguish between the first 3 people singular); but you also use pronouns to give emphasis to the sentence and to determinate rules and roles (in this occasion it’s nearly obligatory: “Io parlo e tu ascolti!”)

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