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In this Spanish lesson we are going to look at opinions, evaluations and confirmations in Spanish with the Present Subjunctive – El presente de subjuntivo. We wil continue this theme in the next two Spanish video lessons and look more at expressing opinions in Spanish and how to agree and disagree in Spanish, all using the Spanish Present Subjunctive. Remember that the Subjunctive refers to a “mood” – how the speaker feels about an action rather than when an action takes place (past, present, future). The Subjunctive mood is rarely used in English, but is widely used in Spanish. The Indicative is used to express factual information, certainty and objectivity whereas the Subjunctive mood is used to express such things as doubt, possibilty, uncertainty, and subjectivity. Spanish people love having “discussions”. We will discuss anything and everything and it is usual for the volume levels to get high, even over very trivial matters. I know many people who have mistaken these noisy outbursts for arguments (and I can see why!), but it is usually just that we are quick to get animated and love the theatre of debating. The points outlined in this series of three Spanish video lessons are very useful if you feel confident enough to join in with one of these debates. They really are great fun and a fantastic way to let off steam!

Lesson notes:

To make evaluations:

Me parece + adjetive/adverb +que + subjuntivo: It seems to me + adjective/adverb + that + subjuntivo:
Me parece incredible que algunas personas no reciclen: It seems unbelievable to me that some people don´t recycle

Está + adverb + que + subjuntivo: It is + adverb + that + subjuntivo:
Está mal que usemos el coche cuando no es necesario: It is wrong that we use the car when it is not necessary

Es un/una + noun + que + subjuntivo: It is a + noun + that + subjuntivo:
Es una pena que haya tantos incendios en verano: It is a pity that there are so many fires in the summer

To confirm what is obvious/a reality:

Es + cierto/evidente/verdad/indudable + que + indicative: It is + true/obvious/unquestionable + that + indicative:
Es evidente que tenemos que ahorrar energía: It is obvious that we have to save energy

Está + claro + que + indicative: It is clear/obvious + that + indicative:
Está claro que las inundaciones crean muchos problemas: It is clear that floods create many problems


Make evaluations and confirmations about the environment using the following words…

Centrales nucleares
Medio ambiente
Transporte público

Here are the answers to the last activity:


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