Please explain use of subjunctive when the subject does not change in the main clause to the subordinate clause.

RalphC1Kwiziq community member

Please explain use of subjunctive when the subject does not change in the main clause to the subordinate clause.

For example here "Yo no creo que yo sea muy egoista."
Asked 7 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Ralph

With verb creer in negative we can use both the infinitive or the subjunctive (even if it is the same subject). You could say:

"Yo no creo ser muy egoista" (I don't think I am very selfish)

or

"Yo no creo que sea muy egoista" (I don't think I am very selfish)

(The second sentence is more commonly used)

The rule about using the infinitive instead of the subjunctive, when having the same subject  doesn't apply to all verbs. 

With "wish" verbs like querer, this rule if fixed:

Yo quiero ir a Madrid (same subject, infinitive)

Yo quiero que tú vayas a Madrid (different subject, subjunctive)

But it is not the same case with "creer". 

I hope this helps,

Inma

Please explain use of subjunctive when the subject does not change in the main clause to the subordinate clause.

For example here "Yo no creo que yo sea muy egoista."

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your Spanish level for FREE

Test your Spanish to the CEFR standard

Find your Spanish level >>
I'll be right with you...