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This lesson is part of the Advanced Spanish Course

In this advanced level Spanish lesson we will look at some common Spanish verbs with double meanings depending on whether they are used with the Spanish subjunctive or indicative. This is when things get a little tricky. When Spanish verbs that we thought we knew well suddenly turn out to have two different meanings. The variations in meaning between the subjunctive and indicative versions are subtle and this can make it even more difficult. But don’t worry, I will do my best to highlight the main Spanish verbs with double meanings in this new series of Spanish video lessons and after watching them a few times I hope very much that you will be clear and confident on how to use the likes of Acordar/Decidir, Comprender/Entender, Sentir, and Decir 100% correctly. Listen out for these verbs when you are in conversation with a native Spanish speaker or when you are watching Spanish television or listening to Spanish radio. Look out for them as well when you are reading articles in Spanish online or in magazines or when you are reading Spanish books. I really hope that you are filling your day with as much Spanish stimulus as you can. If you ever want me to recommend any good Spanish films, TV programmes, books, websites, etc, just get in touch and let me know your own personal interests. The most important thing is that you are genuinely interested in the Spanish material you are wacthing, listening to or reading. Enjoy!

Lesson notes:

Vamos a ver unos verbos con doble significado según se usen con indicativo o con subjuntivo. Aquí no podemos aplicar los usos del subjuntivo que ya conocemos. Son verbos excepcionales que se pueden usar con los dos modos y significan dos cosas diferentes.

Acordar/Decidir + indicativo: Pensar de común acuerdo (think)
Patricia y Miguel decidieron que estudiar era lo mejor que podían hacer
Patricia y Miguel acordaron que estudiar era lo mejor que podían hacer

Acordar/Decidir + subjuntivo: resolver de común acuerdo (decide)
Hemos decidido que te vayas unos días de vacaciones
Hemos acordado que te vayas unos días de vacaciones

Comprender/Entender + indicativo: Darse cuenta, percibir (realise)
Carlos ha comprendido por fin que tengo razón
Carlos ha entendido por fin que tengo razón

Comprender/Entender + subjuntivo: Enjuiciar algo como lógico (understand)
Carlos ha comprendido que quiera dejar mi trabajo
Carlos ha entendido que quiera dejar mi trabajo

Sentir + indicativo: Darse cuenta, percibir (realise)
Sentimos que teníamos que cambiar de vida

Sentir + subjuntivo: Lamentarse, expresar tristeza o condolencia (feel sorry/be sad)
Sentimos que tuviéramos que marcharnos

Decir + indicativo: Comunicar (say)
Me dijo que tenía mucho trabajo

Decir + subjuntivo: Pedir, mandar, ordenar (order/tell)
Me dijo que trabajara

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