dEhiN wrote:vijayjohn wrote:(My understanding is that this is because subjunctive means something very different in the context of the Romance languages)
What does subjunctive mean specifically in the context of Romance languages that is different from Germanic languages (or even just English)? I'm starting to learn about when to use the French subjunctive, but my belief was you do it when you're unsure of something - kind of like a contrast to the indicative mood?
Yeah, the basic idea is that the subjunctive is the mood of uncertainty and doubt as opposed to the indicative that is the mood of certainty. Also, another important usage of the subjunctive is to express desire and will.
Well, of course this is just a very basic definition, in practice, it's way more complicated and the usage of the subjunctive varies a lot depending on the language and even within the same language (at least in Italian it does).