In the quiz sentence 'Cuando estés tan agobiado que no puedas relajarte, llámame.', can you explain the structure of this sentence.

Michael

Kwiziq community member

4 May 2018

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In the quiz sentence 'Cuando estés tan agobiado que no puedas relajarte, llámame.', can you explain the structure of this sentence.

'Cuando' triggers the subjunctive 'estés', is there a double trigger due to 'Cuando estés tan agobiado que' causing 'no puedas relajarte' where 'puedas' is in the subjunctive or is 'no puedas relajarte' just in the imperative?

This relates to:
Using [verb] + tan + [adjective/adverb] + que to say "so... that..." -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

4 May 2018

4/05/18

Hola Michael

The second part "no puedas relajarte" is also in the subjunctive because it is triggered by "que" (cuando estés tan agobiado que...). This part: "que no puedas relajarte" implies "that you may not be able to relax", therefore there is uncertainty. 

Does it clarify it for you? It is a complex structure.

Let us know if you have more doubts.

Gracias

Inma

Michael

Kwiziq community member

4 May 2018

4/05/18

Perfect explanation, thank you.  I understand the subjunctive in this case, but I hadn't seen this form of double trigger, with the subjunctive repeating in the same sentence.  The imperative didn't make sense to me.

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