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A Mood as Well as a Tense...Subjunctive Verbs


When talking about something that might or might not happen, a special tense called the subjunctive is often used. It’s not just a verb tense —it’s a MOOD—throwing some emotion or opinion into the sentence. Using the subjunctive can be tricky for English speakers, so the key is to remember it as the emotional, doubtful, hopeful MOOD. Things that MAY or MAY NOT happen —often opinions or wishes rather than hard facts.

  regular subjunctive patterns - present tense
 

AR » e

hable
hables
hable
hablemos
hablen

ER » a

venda
vendas
venda
vendamos
vendan

IR » a

escriba
escribas
escriba
escribamos
escriban

One good clue that the subjunctive might be used is when you see the word “QUE ”before a conjugated verb. Be careful, because regular verbs are also used after “QUE,” but most cases of subjunctive have “QUE ”before them. Pay attention to the following types of MOODS:

practice the subjunctive in Spanish

Worksheet: Subjunctive Verbs

Quiz: El subjuntivo en español

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