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Upper Intermediate Spanish Lesson 2: Spanish Indicative or Subjunctive when expressing opinion (Part 1)

This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
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In this free Spanish video lesson we will be looking at how to decide whether to use the Spanish Indicativo or Subjuntivo when expressing opinion. This is part 1 in a series of three Spanish video lessons looking at stating facts with the Spanish Indicative and making evaluations with the Spanish Subjunctive. Here we will see some very useful Spanish structures such as Es seguro que… (It’s sure that…), Es innegable que… (It’s undeniable that…) and Es lógico que… (It’s logical that…). Try creating lots of your own practice sentences beginning with each of these new Spanish phrases. The key, as always, is to practice as much as you can with any new Spanish skills. If you don’t use these new structures you are very unlikely to remember them. The best place to store all of your information is in your head; not here on my website or on bits of paper dotted around the house. Remember that the Indicative is generally used to express factual information, certainty, and objectivity wheras the Subjunctive is used to express things like doubt, uncertainty, and subjectivity. We have already looked in great detail earlier in this course at the Spanish Indicative and Subjunctive and I recommend that you go back over any of the Spanish video lesson topics you are still not completely confident with.

Lesson notes:

Stating facts + indicativo:

Es seguro que: It’s sure that
Es obvio que: It’s obvious that
Es cierto que: It’s certain/true that
Es indudable que: It’s undoubtable that
Es evidente que: It’s evident that
Es innegable que: It’s undeniable that
Es verdad que: It’s true that
Está demostrado que: It’s demonstrated that
Está comprobado que: It’s proven that
Está claro que: It’s clear that
Está constatado que: It’s confirmed that

Making evaluations + subjuntivo:

Es lógico que: It’s logical that
Es normal que: It’s normal that
Es una pena que: It’s a pity that
Es malo que: It’s bad that
Es probable que: It’s likely that
Es fundamental que: It’s fundamental that
Es importante que: It’s important that
Es triste que: It’s sad that
Es vergonzoso que: It’s embarrassing that
Es injusto que: It’s unfair that

Activity:

Translate the following phrases…

It’s a pity that
It’s clear that
It’s undoubtable that
It’s logical that
It’s unfair that

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Carlos le dice a María que coma más fruta
Carlos le ha dicho a María que coma más fruta
Carlos le dirá a María que coma más fruta
Dile a María que coma más fruta
Carlos le decía a María que comiera/comiese más fruta
Carlos le dijo a María que comiera/comiese más fruta
Carlos le diría a María que comiera/comiese más fruta

2 Comments

  1. From es seguro que to es verdad que the verb es is used but from está demostrado que to está conatatado que the verb está is used.Is it ok to use either verb?

    Reply
    • Hola Jack, no entiendo tu pregunta muy bien. Puedes darme un ejemplo de una frase con tu duda? gracias Laura

      Reply

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