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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn how to use El Presente de Subjuntivo – The Spanish Present Subjunctive – with probability. We will see Spanish phrases used with the Present Subjunctive such as Quizás, Tal vez and Puede ser que and other Spanish phrases used with the Indicative such as A lo mejor and Igual. We wil continue this theme in the next lesson and look at examples of the Spanish Present Subjunctive being used to talk about probability. 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.

Lesson notes:

Quizá/s + subjuntivo: Perhaps
Tal vez + subjuntivo: Maybe
Posiblemente + subjuntivo: Possibly
Probablemente + subjuntivo: Probably
Puede (ser) que + subjuntivo: It could be that
Es posible que + subjuntivo: It is possible that
Es probable que + subjuntivo: It is probable that

A lo mejor + indicativo: Maybe
Igual + indicativo: Maybe


Translate the following…

It could be that
It is possible that

Here are the answers to the last activity:

¿Qué pasará?
¡No te preocupes!
¡Qué raro!/¡Qué extraño!
¿Le habrá pasado algo?

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