Conjugate regular -ar verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

To conjugate any regular -ar Spanish verb in El Presente de Subjuntivo, the stem is the same as the yo form of the present indicative (e.g. yo trabajo) and -o is replaced with:

yo -e
-es
él / ella / Ud. -e
nosotros -emos
vosotros -éis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   -en
Read and listen to these examples:

Ella quiere que yo hable más despacio.She wants me to speak more slowly.

Espero que tú cantes bien.I hope that you sing well.

El doctor le recomienda que camine mucho.The doctor recommends that she walk often.

Tal vez cenemos tarde hoy.We may have dinner late today.

Ella quiere que vosotros trabajéis horas extra.She wants you to work extra hours.

Hay que recoger cuando ellos terminen.You need to tidy up when they finish.

For example, with hablar the stem derives from yo hablo:

 REGULAR -AR VERB 

HABLAR

yo

hable

hables

él / ella
usted

hable

nosotros/nosotras

hablemos

vosotros/vosotras

habléis

ellos/ellas
ustedes

hablen


Notice how for all these forms -ar verbs switch to using the vowel -e- (whereas -ir and -er verbs switch to using the vowel -a-)!

See also Conjugate regular -er and -ir verbs in El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

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Examples and resources

Espero que tú cantes bien.I hope that you sing well.
Ella quiere que yo hable más despacio.She wants me to speak more slowly.
Hay que recoger cuando ellos terminen.You need to tidy up when they finish.
Tal vez cenemos tarde hoy.We may have dinner late today.
El doctor le recomienda que camine mucho.The doctor recommends that she walk often.
Quiero que hables con tu padre.I want you to talk to your father.
Ella quiere que vosotros trabajéis horas extra.She wants you to work extra hours.

Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

GraemeB2Kwiziq community member

Subjunctive or Imperative?

Hola todos

It's a new year and I'm determined to master the subjunctive this year. So, I just got this question in a Kwiziq test

"Conjugate the vosotros form of "hablar" in El Presente Subjuntivo (Don´t talk to me like that) : No me ___ así."

Now, I did get the correct answer by selecting 'habléis'. However, strictly speaking, doesn't this answer represent the negative imperative rather than the present subjunctive? Of course both give the same answer and I understand there are crossovers in conjugations between the two tenses. But can the two have the same meaning in this case?

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Graeme,

First of all, that's the right attitude about tackling the subjunctive!!

As you were saying, a negative command is always conjugated in the present subjunctive, so you can say: conjugate as a negative command or conjugate in the present subjunctive; the result will be the same, as all negative commands require a present subjunctive. But, this is a lesson about conjugation, therefore we are going to always use the hint "conjugate in ... tense". Then you will find different types of sentences included in this quiz, some of them will be negative commands, some will be sentences with a verb expressing wish (quiero que..+pres.subj), some will be with other verbs triggering the present subjunctive. 

But having said this, this little confusion has come up before, and I am going to take this to the whole Spanish team to have a wider opinion. 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Un saludo

Inma

Subjunctive or Imperative?

Hola todos

It's a new year and I'm determined to master the subjunctive this year. So, I just got this question in a Kwiziq test

"Conjugate the vosotros form of "hablar" in El Presente Subjuntivo (Don´t talk to me like that) : No me ___ así."

Now, I did get the correct answer by selecting 'habléis'. However, strictly speaking, doesn't this answer represent the negative imperative rather than the present subjunctive? Of course both give the same answer and I understand there are crossovers in conjugations between the two tenses. But can the two have the same meaning in this case?

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