clarification

PapiB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

clarification

I believe that a couple of the examples used are commands (Imperatives), not subjunctive.  Please clarify. Thanks

example:

¿Dígame? - Hola, ¿puedo hablar con Juan?[on the phone, lit: speak to me] Hello?  - Hello, may I speak to Juan?

Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Papi

The example that you mention with "Dígame" is using the present subjunctive form "diga". It is a direct command but when we use the "usted" form, which is the case of "diga" we need to conjugate the verb in the present subjunctive. 

If we gave a command informally using the tú form, then you´d need the Imperative form. See the difference here:

Talking to a friend:

"Dime lo que Laura te dijo ayer" (Tell me what Laura told you yesterday)

Talking to a client:

"Dígame su dirección y le enviaré los documentos" (Tell me your address and I will send you the documents.)

The second is used formally. In this case, the form used is the present subjunctive.(diga)

You will find all the information here. Have a look.

Hope it helps

Saludos

Inma

 

PapiB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ok. I get it.  Without arguing semantics, I think it might be a benefit to the students, like me, to say these particular forms are formed or conjugated the same, but that the examples are commands, not subjunctive.  The title of the grammar being discussed is "Conjugate yo-go verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo" making me believe we are learning about the subjunctive, and the examples would be subjunctives, not imperatives, which work very differently.  You would not add pronouns to the ends of the present subjunctive, but rather commands. Honestly, I am just trying to be helpful. Thank you for all you do! 

clarification

I believe that a couple of the examples used are commands (Imperatives), not subjunctive.  Please clarify. Thanks

example:

¿Dígame? - Hola, ¿puedo hablar con Juan?[on the phone, lit: speak to me] Hello?  - Hello, may I speak to Juan?

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