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This lesson is part of the Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course
(74 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 3 mins)

Upper-Intermediate Spanish Course

In this free Spanish video lesson we will see examples of Spanish phrases used to react to the actions of other people in use with El Preterito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo. This is the final lesson in a series of three Spanish lessons. These are the kinds of phrases in Spanish that we use all the time and you will hear them a lot if you watch Spanish television or are able to get involved in conversations with native Spanish speakers. Some of the phrases and structures in this series of three Spanish lessons are colloquial Spanish such as Me chifla que + subjuntivo (I am crazy/mad about …) and others are more formal Spanish such as Me entusiasma que + subjuntivo (I am crazy/mad about …). It is always a good idea to get as much knowledge of both colloquial and formal Spanish as possible. Be careful not to concentrate too heavily on one or the other or you will risk coming unstuck. All of the Spanish phrases here use the Spanish Subjunctive. In the previous lesson we saw the contrast between El Presente de Subjuntivo (used to react to what a person does) and El Pretérito Perfecto de Subjuntivo (used to react to what a person has done) and in this lesson we will see how to react to what a person did using El Preterito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo. We have already looked in some detail at the Spanish Subjunctive earlier in this course. If you are still not 100% sure of how to use it, I highly recommend going back and reviewing those previous Spanish lessons.

Lesson notes:

El Preterito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo: To react to what a person did (time is finished)

Me gustaba / Me gustó que + Pret. Imperfecto de subjuntivo: I liked that…:

Me gustó que fueras tan amable: I liked that you were so friendly (in one specific moment)
Me gustaba que fueras tan amable: I liked that you were so friendly (in various moments)

Odiaba / Odié que + Pret. Imperfecto de subjuntivo: I hated that…:

Odié que tu ex-novia te llamara/llamase por teléfono: I hated that your ex-girlfriend called you (in one specific moment)
Odiaba que tu ex-novia te llamara/llamase por teléfono: I used to hate that your ex-girlfriend called you (at various moments)

Activity:

Make up some sentences in Spanish using El Preterito Imperfecto de Subjuntivo with the following…

Me gustó (venir a mi casa, tú)
Me gustaba (hablar sobre mí, ellos)
Odiaba (comer con la boca abierta, vosotros)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Me disgusta que te pongas mi ropa
Me disgusta que te hayas puesto mi ropa
Odio que escuchen mis conversaciones privadas
Odio que hayan escuchado mis conversaciones privadas
Me encanta que haga un pastel
Me encanta que haya hecho un pastel

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