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This lesson is part of the Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 8 mins)


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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn more about the Spanish Present Subjunctive – El Presente de Subjuntivo. This is the fourth part in a series of nine Spanish video lessons on the topic. In this lesson we will look specifically at irregular Spanish verbs that change E to IE in El Presente de Subjuntivo. In the previous lessons we looked at regular Spanish verbs that finish in -ar, -er and -ir and how to use the Spanish Present Subjunctive to make wishes with Esperar que… (to hope that…), Querer que… (to want that…), Desear que… (to desire that…) and Ojalá… (I hope/wish…). In the other lessons in the series we will look in detail at more irregular Spanish verbs related to the Spanish Present Subjunctive and more about when and how El Presente de Subjuntivo is used. 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. So far we have studied Spanish verb tenses in the Indicative. The Indicative mood 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. The Spanish Subjunctive is complex and takes some work, but it is not as tricky as it first appears. It is fundamental to the Spanish language and so can definitely not be shyed away from. By the time we finish this series of eight Spanish video lessons I am sure you will feel much clearer and confident to get out and use the Spanish Subjunctive.

Lesson notes:

Pensar: to think
(yo) piense: I think
(tú) pienses: you think
(usted) piense: you think (formal)
(él/ella) piense: he/she thinks
(nosotros) pensemos: we think
(vosotros) penséis: you (group) think
(ustedes) piensen: you (group) think (formal)
(ellos) piensen: they think

Querer: to want
Comenzar/Empezar: to start
Perder: to lose
Entender: to understand
Despertarse: to wake up

Activity:

Conjugate the verb “Querer” in El Presente de Subjuntivo for all persons…

(yo)
(tú)
(usted)
(él/ella)
(nosotros)
(vosotros)
(ustedes)
(ellos)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Queremos que estudies más.
Espero que vivas muchos años / Ojalá vivas muchos años.
Espero ir a Madrid la semana que viene.
Esperamos que escribas otro libro.
Quiere trabajar en Barcelona.

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