Let’s take a look how to use the subjunctive in Spanish with preferences and emotions. In this instance, we convey a thought or emotion or preference based on an action performed by another person or thing.

For example, let’s imagine a conversation between a couple that is arguing:

Melina: Me molesta que pongas las toallas sobre la cama. (It bothers me that you put the towels on the bed.)

Roberto: Pues a mí me irrita que siempre estés quejándote de estas pequeñas cosas.( It irritates me that you’re always complaining about these little things)

M: Es que me fastidia que las sábanas tengan olor a humedad y además me enoja que no colabores con las cosas de la casa; yo trabajo igual que tú. Por ejemplo hoy prefiero que vayas a buscar a los niños tú a la escuela. (It bothers me that the sheets are musty and it angers me that you don’t help out with the things around the house, I work just like you. For example, today I prefer that you go to find children to school.)

R: No me molesta ir, y hasta me pone contento que me lo pidas, pero no de esta manera. (I do not mind going, and even makes me happy you ask me, but not in this way). Me da bronca que digas que no colaboro cuando sabes que no es verdad. (It hurts me that you say I don’t collaborate when you know that’s not true.)

M: Lo siento, pero tengo que hacer una gran cena porque nuestros padres vienen esta noche a casa. Me encanta que ellos vengan a mi casa y me gusta tener todo listo para ellos. (Sorry, but I have to make a big dinner because our parents come home tonight. I love that they come to my house and I like to have everything ready for them.)

R: Ok, me parece bien que te ocupes de la cena, yo me ocuparé de los chicos y de ordenar la casa.( Ok, That sounds good that you take care of dinner, I’ll take care of the kids and put the house in order.)

Pay attention because when the person who expresses the emotion and who does the action are coincident, we don’t have to use Subjunctive but rather the Infinitive. For example:

No me molesta ir (It doesn’t bother me to go.)

Me gusta tener todo listo para ellos (I like to have everything ready for them.)

So the break down is as follows:

Me gusta + Infinitive


Me gusta que + Subjunctive

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