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Spanish preterite – Uses and features

Uses and features The preterit describes the past as a completed action. The preterit may report on past events as complete units of time. It may focus on the beginning, the end, or the entire event. Use 1 The preterit can focus on the beginning of an action, for example: Juan empezó el examen a las 9 am.  (Juan started the exam at 9 am) Use 2 The preterit can focus also…

Ejercicios de Usos reflexivos (Reflexive uses)

Spanish “se” Usos del se reflexivo y el subgrupo de reflexivos pero con verbos delegados Diferenciar cuales son reflexivos y cuales son reflexivos pero con usos delegados y completar los espacios blancos. 1)      Mi mama ___ levanta todos los días a las 6 am. (Tipo de verbo_________) 2)      Lindsay _____ hace las manos y los pies (manicura y pedicura) en la peluquería de la esquina. (Tipo de verbo_________) 3)      Nick…

Classification uses the pronoun SE

Spanish “Se” 1. Classification uses the pronoun SE1.Usos reflexivos (Reflexive uses) For example “Se peinó a toda prisa”. This group includes as a subgroup of verbs called «de acción delegada»  (action delegated ). An example of this subgroup is “Tiene que ponerse una vacuna ” Click on this link for Excercises to practise this use of Spanish “se” 2. Usos recíprocos (uses reciprocal). In Spanish (like in English happens as well) we try to be efficient…

The past subjunctive in Spanish

Subjunctive in Spanish – Grammar SOURCE: http://www.espanol-ingles.com.mx/spanish-grammar/verbs_subjunctive_past.shtml We have different types of past subjunctive in the past subjunctive like the present subjunctive Past subjunctive forms of regular -ar verbs, which are based on the ending -ara; Past subjunctive forms of non-ar verbs – –er (regular -er, -ir verbs plus irregular verbs), which are based on the ending -iera😉    

When to use the past simple subjunctive in Spanish

Subjunctive in Spanish When to use the past subjunctive The past subjunctive  falls  into one of two categories: Past subjunctive = subjunctive + past Straightforward cases of a syntactical need for a  subjunctive combined with a past time frame; 2. Past subjunctive with a hypothetical time frame – A time reference of hypothetical rather than actual “pastness”. (1) Past subjunctive = subjunctive + past First use Numerous uses of the past subjunctive are straightforward cases where the subjunctive is used, combined…

The past simple subjunctive in Spanish- The Explanation

Subjunctive in Spanish The past subjunctive forms are based on the preterit or simple past The past subjunctive we generally use it with the conditional They’re mainly used when the syntax requires a subjunctive but in a clause that denotes one of the following: a point of time in the past; a “hypothetical point in time” We are going to see the grammar part of this new use of the subjunctive conditional with past simple…

Conditional with Subjunctive Preterite simple

Subjunctive in Spanish SOURCE: http://www.espanol-ingles.com.mx Click on each lesson   The past simple subjunctive in Spanish- The Explanation   When to use the past simple subjunctive in Spanish    

No parece que + subjuntivo

Subjunctive in Spanish Mode: No speaker’s commitment to the truth – No compromiso del hablante con la verdad SOURCE: http://www.cuadernoscervantes.com/ele_57_subjuntivo2.htm Sentences which support three choices: infinitive / indicative / subjunctive a. No parece que es profesor (It doesn’t seem that he is a teacher) With the indicative you commit with the truth like you  give a high bet that he is not a professor In this one you are saying that you don’t think that he is the professor, but affirming that you…

Cláusulas concesivas de probabilidad

Concessive clauses probability – Subjunctive in Spanish In order to understand how we use the subjunctive in this case, we have to understand what “Cláusulas concesivas” means or even in English “Concessive clauses”. I found a very nice definition in http://es.wikipedia.org/ in Spanish and I would like to share it in English. Click on oración concesiva or Concessive clauses definition In concessive sentences use the subjunctive with conjunctions and phrases: aunque, a pesar de que, por más que, For example: Aunque no…

Temporal sentences. Verbo + antes/después de que + subjuntivo.

Subjunctive in Spanish Temporal sentences. We use the subjunctive when the subordinate clause verb expresses an action not taken. In temporal sentences, we use the subjunctive with conjunctions and phrases: cuando, apenas, después (de),después que, en cuanto, hasta que, mientras, tan pronto como, etc. Llámame cuando termines el trabajo. Call me when you finish the job.   Díselo apenas lo hagas. Tell  him as soon as you do it.   Díselo en cuanto lo hagas. Tell him about it when you do it.   Le escribiré después (de)…