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What is the Subjunctive Mood in Spanish?
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Lesson 18: Overview

What is the Spanish Subjunctive Mood?

What is the Subjunctive Mood in Spanish?

The Spanish Subjunctive Mood is an important part of speaking Spanish. At this point, you have already learned how to use the five important Spanish tenses.

Now it is time to study the Spanish "Subjunctive Mood." The Subjunctive mood is not a tense. Rather it is used the same way as tenses are, so that is why we call it a "mood" instead. The Subjunctive mood is not nearly used as much in English as it is in Spanish. But that is all the more reason to study it because it becomes very useful in Spanish as long as you understand it.

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Learning the Difference Between Subjunctive and Indicative

Primarily, there two moods in Spanish that contrast each other. They are the Subjunctive mood  and the Indicative mood. The one you are already very familiar with as an English speaker is the Indicative mood. Let's view the descriptions of the two before we move on to study the Spanish Subjunctive mood in this lesson.

Spanish present tense Indicative
Focuses on factual, apparent information (facts, based on evidence.)

Spanish conditional tense Subjunctive
Focuses on what a person feels about the statement (opinions, intents, uncertainty, possibility, doubt, etc.)

Lesson 18 Summary

blue star icon Forming Subjunctive Verbs and Statements
blue star icon Learning Exceptional Subjunctive Verbs in Spanish



Study the Spanish Subjunctive Mood

Last updated: 2017

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