Conjugate irregular estar in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

Estar has both regular stem and regular endings in El Presente de Subjuntivo, but most forms have an accent on the last syllable:

yo esté
estés
él / ella / Ud. esté
nosotros estemos
vosotros estéis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   estén

See and listen to these examples:

Laura no quiere que yo esté triste.Paula doesn't want me  to be sad.

A mi padre no le gusta que tú estés aquí.My dad doesn't like that you are here.

Espero que él esté bien.I hope he's ok.

Me alegra que estemos todos juntos.I am glad that we're all together.

Os sugiero que estéis alerta.I advise you to be alert.

Es fantástico que ellos estén a salvo.It is great that they are safe.

Remember to stress the last syllable except for the nosotros form estemos.

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A mi padre no le gusta que tú estés aquí.My dad doesn't like that you are here.
Laura no quiere que yo esté triste.Paula doesn't want me  to be sad.
Me alegra que estemos todos juntos.I am glad that we're all together.
Es bueno que las tiendas estén abiertas hasta tarde.It's good that the shops are open until late.
Espero que él esté bien.I hope he's ok.
Es fantástico que ellos estén a salvo.It is great that they are safe.
Os sugiero que estéis alerta.I advise you to be alert.

Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

StuartC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Preposition 'a' usage

Hola,

Could you shed some light on why that is used here, please?

Es fantástico que ellos estén a salvo.

Gracias,

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Stuart

Estar a salvo is a set expression in Spanish meaning "to be safe [out of danger]". It is always using the preposition "a". We also use "ponerse a salvo", meaning "to get to safety", for example:

"Los residentes de la zona se pusieron a salvo del incendio, huyendo en sus coches."

"The residents of the area got to safety from the fire, by escaping in their cars."

I hope it helps,

Inma

Preposition 'a' usage

Hola,

Could you shed some light on why that is used here, please?

Es fantástico que ellos estén a salvo.

Gracias,

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