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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 eighth lesson in a series of nine Spanish video lessons on the topic. In this lesson we will look specifically at more irregular Spanish verbs, but ones that do not follow any of the guidelines outlined in the other lessons. In the previous lessons we looked at the regular Spanish verbs, other irregular Spanish verbs with guidelines and how to use the Spanish Present Subjunctive with hopes, desires and wishes. In the next and final Spanish lesson in the series we will look in detail at more about when and how El Presente de Subjuntivo is used with example phrases. 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:

Construir: to build
(yo) construya: I build
Destruir: to destroy
Oir: to hear
Huir: to escape
Ser: to be
(yo) sea: I am
Haber: to have
(yo) haya: I have
Ir: to go
(yo) vaya: I go
Saber: to know (information)
(yo) Sepa: I know
Dar: to give
(yo) dé: I give

Activity:

Conjugate the verb “Ir” 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:

(yo) conozca
(tú) conozcas
(usted) conozca
(él/ella) conozca
(nosotros) conozcamos
(vosotros) conozcáis
(ustedes) conozcan
(ellos) conozcan

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