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Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - July 13, 2015

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Hi everyone today I am going to talk about the adverbial expression una vez que which is translated to English as once.

Structure:

{ main clause } + una vez que + { subordinate clause }

This adverbial phrase can be followed by indicative or subjunctive subordinate clause. The usage is very similar to another time adverb cuando (Click here). If the action is referring to a future looking, expected event the clause following una vez que is in subjunctive.

Examples:

Vas a sonar mucho mejor una vez que aprendas el subjuntivo bien. - You are going to sound much better once you learn the subjunctive well.

Una vez que salgas, ¡no te olvides cerrar la puerta con la llave! - Once you leave the house, don't forget to lock the door!

La tienda en línea me notificará por texto una vez que envíen la compra. - The online shop will notify me by text once they ship my purchase.

¿Harás una anuncio en el foro una vez que hayas terminado el árbol? - Will you make an announcement on the forum once you have finished the tree?

El vendedor nos dijo que una vez tuvieran el nuevo modelo, bajarían el precio del viejo -The salesmen told us that once they had the new model, they would lower the price of the old one. (Subjunctive: It is in imperfect subjunctive because at the time when the salesperson has told them, the event (lowering of the price) was future looking)

Una vez que la guerra civil empezó, surgió una ola de migración a países vecinos - Once the civil war started, a wave of migration to neighboring countries emerged. (Indicative since it is talking about a past event and no future expectations)


Link to Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - July 12, 2015: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/9528424

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Link to Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - July 14, 2015: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9553184

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