"Yo quisiera ver a mi padre."

Translation:I would like to see my father.

January 2, 2013



Does the answer contain "would" because quisiera is in the past subjunctive? I put "I wanted to see my father" but that was not correct. Just trying to get a better understanding of this.

January 2, 2013


... and how is this different that "Yo querría ver a mi padre." ?

January 2, 2013


past subjunctive is mostly used for cases where the thing is not going to happen, similar to 'wish i could see my father'. quisiera also has sort of a polite meaning, as in 'i would like to', but this is generally not the case with other past subjunctive forms.

March 3, 2013


It can also be used for polite requests. Quisiera que salieras. Quisiera comer ahora. Quisiera los tacos al carbón.

July 11, 2015


"Quisiera pedir un café" is the type of example I was given in the Pimsleur courses.

Though from what I understand it's overly formal/polite in most places/cases.

August 12, 2015


Hey malkeynz, what is your opinion of Pimsleur and its efficacy? Duo gives a good foundation, but is still a supplement to fluency.

March 1, 2016


Is this usage definitely a form of past tense, or is it wishful thinking?

June 8, 2014


Would that make "I would have liked to see my father" a good translation for this sentence, since it indicates that it won't happen?

May 17, 2017


I know quisiera is 'would like' but then I noticed this is imperfect (past) subjunctive so I second guessed myself and put 'would have liked' and it is wrong. I'm sure it would need the 'have' in there to make that the case. This lesson is melting my brain :(

February 24, 2019


I try to think of it as more literally meaning, "I was wanting..." but we English translate it to "I would like....". To say "I would have liked/wanted..." it would have to be something like, "Yo habría querido....".

February 24, 2019


Oh, "have wanted to"!

October 18, 2017


Not sure this makes sense to me. Here "the thing" is happening, namely the subject ACTUALLY WANTS to see his father. Just as in the main clause of a sentence with a subordinate subjunctive clause (e.g. quiero que, or querría que, etc). The action of wanting is not hyporhetical, it is real, so none of these explanations make sense

August 17, 2018


yep "quería" is the past subjunctive, but "querría" is the future conditional. "Quería" ≠ "querría".
I would translate "Yo querría ver a mi padre [, si no esté borracho]" as "I would want to see my father [, if he were/was not drunk]" -- If that condition was met (he was not drunk) I would want to see my father, but if it was not met (i.e. he was drunk) I would not want to see him.

June 10, 2015


Queria ,with accent on i, is imperfect past indicative, not subjunctive.

June 20, 2015


yeah you're right.

June 20, 2015


Quería = present subjunctive

Querría = present conditional

Quisiera = imperfect subjunctive

April 22, 2018


Present subjunctive is quiera.

Quería is imperfect indicative.


July 10, 2018


Because "queria" is in the past, idiot

June 28, 2015


Beauty and the beast!

August 28, 2017


Yeah" yo quisiera" is "I would like to", meaning that it hasn't happened yet and "I wanted to" is "yo quería" which indicates you wanted to do something but you couldn't.

April 30, 2016


Quisiera in Spanish may be ambiguous and can be used to either make a request or suggest a hypothetical wish or desire:

  • I wanted to see my father or I wish that I had seen my father (hypothetically possible but it didn't happen)

  • I would like to see my father (polite request)

April 22, 2018


"I wanted to see my father" means for instance that in the past you tried to see your father but you were not allowed into the hospital But "Yo quisiera ver a mi padre" can have to meanings depending of the situations:

-You are away from home and you miss your father, so you wish you could see him

-You go to the hospital and ask the nurse: "yo quisiera ver a mi padre, es posible?"= I would like to see my father, is it possible? Here you can also say: "Yo querría ver a mi padre, está en su habitación?" I´d like to see my father, is he in his room?

Hope i clarified, but there is a very slight difference among meanings...

March 2, 2013


I can see how this is extremely polite, it's like making the polite question past tense so that the other party can stop it before the idea even becomes fully expressed in the present.

June 8, 2014


You forget the pessimistic but widely realistic possibility that the kid has no father in its life. Poor kid, unfortunately often literally.

October 2, 2015


My understanding is that this is an overuse of the subjunctive to express a desire more politely. It´s not exactly technically correct to say it in this way with this meaning, but everyone does it. It could be thought of as similar to the way some English speakers say things like, ¨Might I perhaps please see my father¨...overdoing it in an attempt to be super polite.

January 30, 2014


Can someone please elaborate on Me gustaría and Yo quisiera. Is one one a request and the other an expression of desire? Estoy confundido. >_<

February 2, 2015


I was wondering that too

April 8, 2015


me gustaria = i would like yo quisiera = i want

theyre like synonyms, same meaning, different definiton (kinda sorta, sorry if my advice isnt very helpful lol)

May 16, 2019


The discussion in this thread seems to revolve around how polite the speaker is trying to be. I see no explicit context of politeness in this particular exercise. Without a clear context the meaning is open to interpretation.

Since "quisiera" is the continuous past subjunctive or imperfecto de subjuntivo, the context I gave it was: I wanted to see my father over a period of time (imperfecto) but was unsuccessful (subjuntivo).

Given this context, I translated the Spanish as "I wanted to see my father." Of course I lost a heart. My frustration is that I don't know if I am being fundamentally wrong, or am I just running into another idiom?

May 10, 2014


I don't believe it is idiomatic. According to this source imperfect subjunctive can be used to make a formal request: http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/98

Using only the verbs deber, querer, or poder, you can use the imperfect subjunctive to make a very polite suggestion or formal request.

Quisiera dos semanas de vacación. (I would like two weeks of vacation.)

¿Pudiera ayudarnos? (Could you help us?)

No debieras hablar ahora. (You should not speak now.)

July 14, 2014


I believe someone already said this, but the imperfect subjunctive can be used to indicate events that are not likely to happen. So... you: Quiero ver a mi padre? Reply: Él esta muerto. You, wistfully: Quisiera ver a mi padre...

May 14, 2014



May 11, 2014


I think the subjunctive is used here to express the mood of the speaker. Certainly the subjunctive would be required in Spanish if the English sentence were "If it is possible, I would like to see my father."

November 21, 2013


I had to look up this conjugation on spanishdict and it's listed under the subjunctive imperfect tense, which makes no sense at all to me. "I would like to see my father" isn't past-tense at all, at least, in English. Maybe it should be "I would have liked to see my father", but wouldn't the verb "haber" be required in that case?

Can anybody make sense of this one?

December 24, 2013


It's idiomatic. See my comment above.

April 1, 2014


How would you say "I would have liked to see my father," then?

June 19, 2015


Yo habría querido ver a mi padre. Maybe, I'm not a native speaker.

June 20, 2015


Just remember: "Quisiera" means: I'd like to. Don't overload your brains with questions. Quisiera dos cervezas oscuras. Quisiera tomar un agua con llelo. Quisiera ver a mi hija. And so on. Period.

April 11, 2016


i understood " quisiera " is like a polite way of saying something, but i dont understand how is it connected to the past.....

November 20, 2013


quisiera is the imperfect subjunctive. The fact that it is imperfect puts it in the past.

April 1, 2014


My understanding is that this is simply "I would like". As well as being polite, the conditional speaks of the potential. I think of it as "woulda coulda shoulda". This is what she would like to see happen. The potential is there. What could be what should be what would be.

So this could be someone asking, I would like to see my father please, or telling a friend I would like to see my father tomorrow, or I would like to see him but I can't, I would like to see him if my car is running...

May 5, 2015


Why is want not acceptable here?

May 8, 2015


I thought quisiera could mean tried. I tried to see my father. Am I forgetting something? Or misunderstanding something?

May 12, 2015


I've unfollowed this discussion SO many times...

July 11, 2015


Would 'I would like to watch my father" be correct too?

October 27, 2015


I would think this should be: Quiera ver a mi padre.

January 17, 2014


This means simply "I want to see my father." Not quite so polite!

February 1, 2014


in two back to back sentences I had ¨yo quisiera tener¨ and ¨yo quisiera ver¨ . In order I interpreted them with ¨I want to have...¨ (wrong DL said it was ´ I wish to have....), on the next then I used ¨I wish to see...¨ (DL said it was ¨I want to see...¨) Now I am really confused. Comments please?

November 24, 2014


If this were a formal request, wouldn't there be a question mark?? - this sentence does not fit in any of the categories I have listed, from various sources, for the use is the imperfect subjunctive. Very frustrating.

April 19, 2015


Imperfect subjunctive can be used to make a formal request: http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/98 (see the last section, Formal Requests).

This is a request phrased as a statement of desire (of what the speaker would like) and not a question, so a question mark is not needed.

April 19, 2015


No, this is grammatically dubious. "I'd want to see my father." If it were "if I'd want to see my father, I would....", then I'd have no arguments.

September 2, 2015


I want to see my father.

September 26, 2015


Exactly my problem too

May 16, 2016


i would like to see my papa

June 14, 2016


In English "I WOULD LIKE to..." and "I WANT to..." are functionally identical at this point. Why can't I use the latter in this case?

August 15, 2016


I'm still a little confused. If 'yo quisiera' means I would like (want really), then what does 'yo querría' mean. According to the conjugations of querer that I have 'yo quisiera' is the imperfect subjunctive: I wanted/was wanting. This is clearly not the same as 'I would like' which is 'me gustaría'.

September 15, 2016


How is "I want to see my father" different from "I would like to see my father"?

October 10, 2016


I think part of the problem with understanding this sentence is that people today do not understand how to use the subjunctive, especially in American English. If you don't know how the English functions, how are you going to understand how to translate the Italian?

If this were true English subjunctive if would be something like "I were wanting to see my father." In this kind of sentence, it is perhaps easier to understand present subjunctive: "I be wanting to see my father." There is much more of an urgency, a indication of want or desire in that tense than in "I want to see my father."

So, more's the pity that subjunctive has fallen out of use. It brings a kind of nuance to language which is sorely wanting nowadays.

February 26, 2017


Why is it quisiera and not quiera (present subjunctive)

May 27, 2017


Why isn't this "Me gustaria ver a mi padre"?

August 19, 2017


What fluency are all you guys? I'm 37% and almost completed the tree. Level 13. I've been using Duo for just over 2 weeks.

August 25, 2017


Fluency used to max out around 60%, and recently it has maxed out around 50%. I did DL for four months, finished the tree, and fully strengthened every lesson. I think my fluency was 47% at that point.

August 25, 2017


Why isn't "i wanted to see my father" correct there is no gustan in there

September 17, 2017


I would like to see my Dad? Why can't I say Dad instead of father?

October 2, 2017


There must be an error in the app as this exactly the translation I provided.

November 24, 2017


damn, duolingo owl going through the same ❤❤❤❤ as me / hang in there bb, youll get through it :)

May 16, 2019


How about "I was wanting to see my father"?

November 1, 2014



May 16, 2019


I put "I should like to see my father" as in the context of politely expressing a wish. I think that it should have been accepted.

December 13, 2014


Has subjective I wanted, not sure why I got it wrong?

October 28, 2015


How about "I was wanting to see my father"?

November 1, 2014


As 'want' is a stative verb, it is not normally used in the progressive tenses in standard English. Therefore, this sentence sounds strange to my ears, sorry.

(native English speaker - UK and Ireland)

May 1, 2015


stative verb? Tell me more.

November 10, 2015


That said, I am English married to a Scot and it is frequently used this way in Scotland.

May 2, 2015


I don't know if this helps, but in English we say "I was wanting to ask you" using the past tense even though the speaker wants to ask now. Maybe it takes the imperfect because the time is indefinite. The speaker wanted to ask before but still wants to ask now. ???

July 9, 2015
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