Kwiziq community member
12 June 2018
Although vs. Even if
It seems like many of these questions can be interpreted either way. In English, the two are often interchangeable in a given sentence depending what the speaker wishes to say. Although we have many things in common... OR Even if we have many things in common...
How do we know which translation to provide--subjunctive or indicative?
This question relates to:Spanish lesson "When to use Aunque with the subjunctive versus the indicative (present tense)"
Maybe this will help.
"Although we have many things in common" means we definitely do have many things in common. So we follow with the indicative.
But "Even if we have many things in common" leaves doubt about whether we do or don't. The "if" tells us this. So the subjunctive is used.
13 June 2018
Kwiziq language super star
15 June 2018
Thanks for your explanation. Exactly as you say, using the indicative after aunque will "confirm" that the action "definitely" happens whilst using the subjunctive after aunque will mean that "it may be happening or not". I like the way you highlight the word "if" in even if to reinforce the doubt.
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