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     Table of Contents Chapter 19 19.4.2.2 Rule number two
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Chapter 19: Conjunctive, Conditional and Reported speech

  19.4.2.2 Rule number two


If the conjunctive I is identical to the present form of the indicative (which happens quite often) the conjunctive II is used instead of the conjunctive I.

  Have a look at this example
Er sagt: "Wir haben keine Lust." He says: "We don't feel like it."

Transformation with conjunctive I Transformation with conjunctive II
  Er sagt, dass wir keine Lust haben.   Er sagt, dass wir keine Lust hätten.  

Have you noticed? The conjunctive I is identical with present form of indicative mode.

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