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 look at the different uses of the Spanish word Aunque when used with the Spanish Indicative and the Spanish Subjunctive. Generally speaking, Aunque can be translated in English to “Although” and “Even if” though, as ever, it is important to not just rely on blanket Spanish to English translations. There are usually subtle differences and extra uses to explore and Aunque is no exception. I hope you are feeling more confident and assured now in the use of the Spanish Subjunctive. We have seen many lessons comparing its use with the Spanish Indicative and it seems like a very long time ago that we first introduced the terror of El subjuntivo español! I hope now you are not scared by the Spanish Subjunctive and have developed a feel for how to use it in a number of useful situations. As I have said many times before, it takes time and patience to fully master El subjuntivo so never get stressed when you encounter a new challenge. Be proud of your level and confident to show off all of the great Spanish skills you have learned!

Lesson notes:

Aunque + Indicativo: When the information after “aunque” is not known by the listener:

Aunque hago ejercicio, no adelgazo: Although I do exercise, I don´t get thinner
Aunque he estudiado, no voy a aprobar el examen: Although I have studied, I am not going to pass the exam

Aunque + Subjuntivo (Presente o Pret. Perfecto): When “aunque” introduces information that the listener knows or the speaker supposes that they know:

Aunque haga ejercicio, no adelgazo: Although I do exercise, I don´t get thinner
Aunque haya estudiado, no voy a aprobar el examen: Although I have studied, I am not going to pass the exam

Aunque + Subjuntivo (Pret. Imperfecto/Pluscuamperfecto): When we want to reject an idea, on the grounds that it is difficult to believe or do, or simply doesn´t convince us to change our opinion:

Aunque hiciera/hiciese ejercicio, no adelgazaría: Even if I did exercise, I wouldn´t get thinner
Aunque hubiera/hubiese estudiado, no habría aprobado el examen: Even if I had studied, I wouldn´t have passed the exam

Activity:

Make up sentences using Aunque with Indicativo and Subjuntivo…

Aunque (yo/no haber trabajado), (yo/estar cansado)
Aunque (ellos/jugar mucho a la lotería), (ellos/no ganar nunca)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Alpinismo
Esquí acuático
Paracaidismo
Windsurf

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