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Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - July 31, 2015

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Today's subjunctive post is about sentences used to that are used to reject/refuse something erroneous and typically subsequently correct it although in a speech the speaker might conveniently leave the correction part as well.

In particular, we are going to look at No es que ...; es que structure which can be translated to English as It is not that ...; it is ...

Structure (common):

No es que + { subjunctive clause }; es que { indicative clause }
No es que + { subjunctive clause } sino que { indicative clause }

Examples:

No es que no haya hecho la tarea; es que no la tengo conmigo ahora mismo. - It is not that I have not done the homework; [it is because/that] I don't have with with me right now.

No es que sea difĂ­cil; es que no me gusta - It is not that it is difficult; [it is because/that] I don't like it.

No es que no pueda ir, es que no tengo ganas - It is not that I cannot go, [it is because/that] I don't feel like [going]

No es que yo te haya dicho que no me llames, ... - It is not that I have told you not to call me, ...

No digo que no quiera ir, sino que no puedo ir - I'm not saying I don't want to go but rather that I cannot go.

No es que yo diga que sea mentira, ... - It is not that I am telling that it is a lie, ...

Es que no digo que sea mentira. - It is that I am not telling that it is a lie, ... (Notice that when we removed No before the verb ser and shifted negation before decir, the meaning of the sentence remained practically the same, however the verb decir is now conjugated in indicative mode.)


Link to Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - July 30, 2015: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9798189

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Link to Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - August 1, 2015: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9835518

3 years ago

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thanks

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