Spanish Subjunctive uses 3: Additional uses
In our final section on subjunctive uses, we’ve compiled those which do not fit neatly into the previous categories.
Any statement which expresses denial (ie, saying that something is not something…) uses the subjunctive. For example:
The following patterns are often used to refer to the future, in which case the subjunctive is used.
Antes de que always uses the subjunctive, as by its nature it always refers to a future, yet to be completed action:
Después de que uses the subjunctive, provided that it refers to a future, uncompleted action:
Hasta que also uses the subjunctive when referring to a future, uncompleted action:
When cuando refers to a future action, it also uses the subjunctive:
Aunque, “even if”
Aunque takes the subjunctive if it implies doubt about what it is referring to (ie, is not a “fact” – that’s when we’d use the indicative). It’s the difference between “even if” and “even though”:
Para que, expressing purpose
Para que often uses the subjunctive, provided that there is a change of subject (otherwise, we’d just use the infinitive). It’s the difference between “in order to” (para), and “in order that, so that” (para que):
Whether or not…
One set subjunctive expression is for “whether VERB or not”: [verb in subjunctive] o no…
-ever statements. Whoever, whichever, whenever, however.
Another meaning that the subjunctive can give statements is to add an “-ever” meaning:
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Fill in the gaps using the verb in parenthesis, deciding whether to use the subjunctive or indicative. Make sure you also match to the correct tense:
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Eso quiere decir que tú razón (tener)
No es que (yo) no (querer)
¿Te importaría hacerlo antes de que (yo) ? (llegar)
Lo hice ayer, después de que (ellos) (venir)
Dime cuando (tú) lo (tener)