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"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.


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


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.


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


"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.


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


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?


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 :(


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....".


Oh, "have wanted to"!


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


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.


Beauty and the beast!


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)


"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...


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


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.


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


I was wondering that too


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)


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?


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.)


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...


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."


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?


It's idiomatic. See my comment above.


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


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.


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


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


Why is want not acceptable here?


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


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


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.


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


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


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?


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.


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?


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'.


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


Why is it quisiera and not quiera (present subjunctive)


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


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.


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.


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


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


What tense or mood is this? Is it imperfect subjunctive? help please i'm really confused


It's the imperfect subjunctive. Here it is meant to mean "I would like" but it more literally translates as "I was wanting to" or more loosely "I wanted to".


Thank you soooo much!!! That's exactly what I needed to know. :)


Best explanation for an English speaker to get their head around......I was wanting to (Imperfect), and subjunctive for the " wish " factor. Thanks Martinius.

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