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In this Spanish lesson we are going to look more at opinions, evaluations and confirmations in Spanish with the Present Subjunctive – El presente de subjuntivo. This is the final lesson in a series of three Spanish video lessons about expressing opinions in Spanish and how to agree and disagree in Spanish using the Spanish Present Subjunctive. Here we will see specifically how to disagree in Spanish with the phrases “I don’t agree that …” and “I don’t think that …”. Example sentences have been given with opinions about environmental issues, such as banning cars from city centres and not using nuclear fuel, following on from our two video lessons looking at vocabulary related to green issues in Spanish. It might be an idea to review those lessons and also the previous two lessons in this series about opinions in Spanish. With these useful structures you will be well prepared to give your opinions and debate matters in Spanish. 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:

Yo no estoy de acuerdo con lo de que + subjuntivo: I don´t agree that:

Yo no estoy de acuerdo con lo de que se prohíban los coches en el centro de las ciudades: I don’t agree that they ban cars from city centres
Yo no estoy de acuerdo con lo de que usemos energía nuclear: I don’t agree that we use nuclear energy

Yo no creo que lo de + noun or infinitive + subjuntivo: I don´t think that:

Yo no creo que lo de prohibir los coches en el centro de las ciudades solucione el problema: I don’t think that banning cars from city centres is the solution to the problema
Yo no creo que lo de usar energía nuclear solucione el problema: I don’t think that using nuclear energy is the solution to the problem

Activity:

Make up sentences using the following structures and your own opinions…

Yo no estoy de acuerdo con lo de que…
Yo no creo que lo de…

Here are some possible answers to the last activity:

Creo que mañana iré al cine
No me parece que tengas que estudiar tanto
Para mí, los domingos son para descansar
A mi modo de ver, tu hermano es un egoista
No pienso que Fernando vaya a trabajar mañana

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