While conjugating verbs into the Subjunctive form is not too difficult, it is deciding when and where to use the Subjunctive that gets a little complicated. We will look at it slowly and determine the rules for its use in stages.

The Subjunctive always is needed when we express a WEIRDO using the 3-part formula below.

(Click on a column
heading on the left below for more detail)

 

W

Wishes, desires,
Imperatives

Quiero que él.., Deseo que
ella…, Necesito que usted…, Espero que tú…; Mando que…,
insisto que…

I Want or Need someone else to do something,
I Order or Insist that someone to do something

E

Emotion

Me alegro que…, me entristo que…,
Me enojo que…, Me asusto que…

I’m Happy, Sad, Angry or Scared, etc.
that something or someone does something

I

Impersonal observations

Es bueno que…, Es Importante que…,
Es Posible que…

It’s good that.., It’s important that.., It’s
possible that….

R

Recommendations

Recomiendo que…, Sugiero que…

I Recommend or Suggest that someone else
do something

D

Doubt, Denial, Disbelief

Dudo que.., No creo que.., ¿Crees
que..?, niego que…

I Doubt that, I Don’t believe that…,
Do you believe that…? I Deny that….

O

Ojalá

Ojalá que…

Let’s hope to God that.., God willing that..,

There is a 3 part formula
for using the Subjunctive. Each one of these three components MUST be in place.

1

2

3

Subject #1 (indicative verb)

(Select one of the WEIRDO categories)

Que

This is the conjunction necessary
to introduce the subjunctive clause

Subject #2 + verb in the subjunctive

(the person or thing in our WEIRDO world)

via Weirdo: When to use the Subjunctive.

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