Pondering subjunctive


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22 April 2018

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Pondering subjunctive

It appears to me that by deciding to use subjuctive in the second clause of the sentence, creates the doubt.  Therefore, however I set up the statement does not really matter.  Generally, I will have created doubt.  I am guess that generally the doubt it pushed onto the first clause, meaning:

Me alegro de que hayas viajado a diferentes países.

I am pleased that you have travelled to different countries.

Me alego  (I am pleased, as long as it was pleasing, but maybe it was not so pleasing for you afterall)... or is it that I am pleased, but you may not have really travelled the world.  Which is the sentiment?  Am I on the right track? I am guessing the first.  

What is the sentiment if I were to say "Estoy feliz que hayas viajado a diferentes países".

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Conjugate regular -ar, -er and -ir verbs in El Pretérito Perfecto Subjuntivo (present perfect subjunctive)"


Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2018



It is the main sentence "Me alegro que.." the one that is expressing a feeling/emotion (by the subject, in this case yo). Therefore the subordinate clause (after que...) will be in the subjunctive mood (que hayas viajado a diferentes países). 

What triggers the use of subjunctive in the subordinate clause is the expression of emotion in the first sentence. Soon we will have a specific lesson about this called "Use the subjunctive with verbs that express "wish" and "feeling". 

Thank you for sharing your doubts with us.

Un saludo


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