Why does "porque" seem to negate the subjunctive with verbs of feeling?

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Why does "porque" seem to negate the subjunctive with verbs of feeling?

I was glad that my father came to see me=Me alegré de que mi padre viniera a verme but

I was glad because my father came to see me=Me alegré porque mi padre vino a verme

and

It saddens me that my father came to see me=Me entristece que mi padre viniera a verme

but

It saddens me because my father came to see me=Me entristece porque mi padre vino a verme

I have seen this with other expressions of feeling and when I put it into various translators I always get the same thing.  I realize that changing from "that" to "because" slightly changes the meaning but why does it go from subjunctive to indicative in going from "que" to "porque?"

Asked 1 month ago
MarcosC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I'd like to hear the answer on this as well.

My guess is that we only use the subjunctive in subordinate clauses.

Me alegra [subordinate clause beginning with "que"].

But when we use "because" we don't have a subordinate clause.

Me alegra porque [independent clause].

Hope this is right!  I've been enjoying learning about clauses.

Why does "porque" seem to negate the subjunctive with verbs of feeling?

I was glad that my father came to see me=Me alegré de que mi padre viniera a verme but

I was glad because my father came to see me=Me alegré porque mi padre vino a verme

and

It saddens me that my father came to see me=Me entristece que mi padre viniera a verme

but

It saddens me because my father came to see me=Me entristece porque mi padre vino a verme

I have seen this with other expressions of feeling and when I put it into various translators I always get the same thing.  I realize that changing from "that" to "because" slightly changes the meaning but why does it go from subjunctive to indicative in going from "que" to "porque?"

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