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Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - August 3, 2015

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Hi everyone. I am back here for another post about subjunctive use in Spanish. I was not able to post yesterday as I was very busy.

As you probably noticed that almost all of the statements that contain a verb conjugated in subjunctive mood have a main and subordinate clause and subjunctive is used for constructing a subordinate clause. However, there are a few specialized subjunctive uses in the main clause. One of which we have already seen which is certain imperative mood formations are actually done using present subjunctive. Let's look at the use of past subjunctive (imperfect subjunctive) to express courtesy or politeness.

This use of pas subjunctive is a common substitute for conditional mood/tense. It is only applicable to -ra forms of the past subjunctive and used for a few verbs: Querer, gustar, poder, deber. Depending on the region the use of conditional or subjunctive can be more common.

Examples:

Quisiera que vengas mañana = Querría que vengas mañana = I would like (desire) you to come tomorrow.

Me gustara ver esa película = Me gustaría ver esa película = I would like to see that movie.

¿En qué pudiera ayudarte? = ¿En qué podría ayudarte? = How could I help you?

¿Pudiera usted traer las maletas por acá? = ¿Podría usted traer las maletas por acá? = Could you bring the luggage here?

Debieras hacerle caso = Deberías hacerle caso. = You should listen.

Debieras dejar de fumar = Deberías dejar de fumar = You should (ought to) quit smoking


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

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https://www.duolingo.com/JoshBauer1

El último ejemplo usa "dejas" y se necesita usar "dejar".

3 years ago

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Gracias. Lo he arreglado.

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Link to Spanish Subjunctive of the Day - August 4, 2015: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9875993

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