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The subjunctive in Spanish

The subjunctive:


The use of the subjunctive mode is one of the few difficulties for Spanish students.
Nevertheless, the use of the subjunctive is not as difficult as you could think. In Spanish grammar everything is logical and every explanation is simple.

Our job at CELA is to make easy everything that looks difficult in order to help our students with their learning process.

You may have probably notice that the negative imperative form (no comas) is very similar to that of the presents subjunctive (tú, comas).

The reason is that the subjunctive is somehow an indirect and discreet form of imperative. Let us explain this.

First, you will find only a few occasions where we use subjunctive in sentences with one verb. And they are sentences that begin with words such as tal vez, quizá(s), posiblemente, probablemente and ojalá.

Besides those sentences to find a subjunctive you will need to have two clauses with two verbs and two different subjects connected by the relative "que". In the first clause we express an expectation on the actions of the other subject. Ex: quiero que me acompañes al cine.

These expectations about the actions of someone else can be a wish, a recommendations, an assesment, and so on.

However if I speak about something I want to do, the sentence will use and infinitive (quiero ir al cine).

Here you will find a series of videos that will take you step by step to a better understanding of the use of the subjunctive mode:

Presente de subjuntivo conjugación
Presente de subjuntivo uso
Presente de subjuntivo uso 2da parte
Subjuntivo con verbos de percepción y pensamiento
Modo subjuntivo / infinitivo