Languages › French Does 'Il Semble Que' Need the Subjunctive? Share Flipboard Email Print PhotoAlto / Anne-Sophie Bost / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated March 26, 2019 The term il semble que means "it appears that" or "it seems that" in French, and it requires the subjunctive. Examples Il semble qu'il le fasse.It seems that he does it. Il semble que tu sois malheureux.It seems you're unhappy. To learn whether to use the subjunctive when saying "it seems to me that," study the phrase il me (te, lui...) semble.