Subjunctive in Adjective Clauses with unknown precedent

Subjunctive in Spanish


I do agree with when they say that ….

The subjunctive is used in an adjective clause when the antecedent is someone or something whose existence is unknown, hypothetical or uncertain from the point of view of the speaker

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I do agree with the author of this webpage that…

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Note that, when the reference is unknown (subjunctive needed), English uses different ways to convey the vagueness of the antecedent, often translating lo que as “anything that, whatever”.

  • Something indefinite and with lack of clearness is often stressed by repeating the verb in subjunctive.

For example:

  • Digan lo que digan: What (whatever) they say
  • Hagas lo que hagas: no matter what (whatever) you do

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