Conjugate tener in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

We use El Imperfecto Subjuntivo in some subordinate clauses and in particularly polite requests.

Rather unusually, this tense has two conjugation forms. Take a look at tener conjugations in El Imperfecto Subjuntivo:

Conjugation 1 (used widely in speech in Spain, Latin America and South America)

yo tuviera
tuvieras
él / ella / Ud. tuviera
nosotros tuviéramos
vosotros tuvierais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tuvieran

 Conjugation 2 (used more in written language and in Spain)

yo tuviese
tuvieses
él / ella / Ud. tuviese
nosotros tuviésemos
vosotros tuvieseis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tuviesen

Read and listen to these examples:

Quizás yo tuviera una escoba para barrer.
Maybe I had a broom to sweep up with.

Quizás yo tuviese un amante en Teruel.
I might have had a lover in Teruel.

Quizás tú tuvieras muchos amigos en Inglaterra.
Maybe you have lots of friends in England.

No estaría bien que tú tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.
It wouldn't be good if you had that much free time.

Sería positivo que ella tuviera más apoyo de sus profesores.
It would be good if she had more support from her teachers.

No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.
She couldn't accept that her friend had a snake at home.

Ojalá nosotros tuviéramos más fotos del viaje.
I wish we had more pictures of the trip.

Ojalá nosotras tuviésemos mucho dinero para gastar.
I wish we had a lot of money to spend.

No sabía que vosotros tuviérais una casa en la playa.
I didn't know that you had a house at the beach.

No pensaba que vosotras tuviéseis problemas con la justicia.
I didn't think that you had problems with the law.

Tal vez ellos tuvieran motivos para no venir.
Maybe they had a reason for not coming.

Tal vez ellas tuviesen demasiado equipaje en el avión.
Maybe they had too much luggage in the plane.

See also Conjugate verbs in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo.

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Sería positivo que ella tuviera más apoyo de sus profesores.
It would be good if she had more support from her teachers.


Quizás tú tuvieras muchos amigos en Inglaterra.
Maybe you have lots of friends in England.


Tal vez ellas tuviesen demasiado equipaje en el avión.
Maybe they had too much luggage in the plane.


No pensaba que vosotras tuviéseis problemas con la justicia.
I didn't think that you had problems with the law.


Ojalá nosotros tuviéramos más fotos del viaje.
I wish we had more pictures of the trip.


No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.
She couldn't accept that her friend had a snake at home.


No estaría bien que tú tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.
It wouldn't be good if you had that much free time.


Quizás yo tuviera una escoba para barrer.
Maybe I had a broom to sweep up with.


Quizás yo tuviese un amante en Teruel.
I might have had a lover in Teruel.


Tal vez ellos tuvieran motivos para no venir.
Maybe they had a reason for not coming.


Ojalá nosotras tuviésemos mucho dinero para gastar.
I wish we had a lot of money to spend.


No sabía que vosotros tuviérais una casa en la playa.
I didn't know that you had a house at the beach.


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 6 answers

Si versud que

It seems to me that when conditional is used que takes on a similar function as si.

Could we replace que with si?

E.g.

No estaría bien que tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.

No estaría bien si tengas/tuvieras tanto tiempo libre.

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hola Emanuel

Very good observation!

You can, but only with the Imperfect subjunctive, not the Present subjunctive.

Original sentence:

No estaría bien que tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.

Also:

No estaría bien que/ si tuvieras tanto tiempo libre.

but not:

No estaría bien si tengas tanto tiempo libre. (incorrect)

After conditional "si" you cannot use the present subjunctive.

Saludos

Inma

Si versud que

It seems to me that when conditional is used que takes on a similar function as si.

Could we replace que with si?

E.g.

No estaría bien que tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.

No estaría bien si tengas/tuvieras tanto tiempo libre.

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Translation unclear

No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.

She couldn't accept her friend having a snake at home.

Why does this not translate to:

"She didn't accept that her friend had a snake at home."

In other words, why isn't  "had" the translation for "tuviera" instead of "having"?


Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hola Pati,

Both translations would be correct, so we changed it to the more literal one to avoid any possible confusion.

Gracias

Inma

Translation unclear

No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.

She couldn't accept her friend having a snake at home.

Why does this not translate to:

"She didn't accept that her friend had a snake at home."

In other words, why isn't  "had" the translation for "tuviera" instead of "having"?


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Why is the "we" form correct and not the they form in Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo.

Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo. It would be necessary to have more languages on our CV to get that job.HINT: Use "tener" in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivotuvierantuviésemostuviéramostuviesentuvieses
Asked 10 months ago
SilviaKwiziq language super star

¡Hola Hans! Thanks for spotting this mistake, I have just changed the English sentence to make it clearer.

Silvia.

Sorry for the cripled answer possibilities, they where:

tuvieran
tuviésemos
tuviéramos
tuviesen
tuvieses

and i thought tuvieran and tuviesen to be correct, while the tuviésemos and tuvieramos are the correct answers.

I can not find a clue for the "we" form

Thank you

Why is the "we" form correct and not the they form in Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo.

Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo. It would be necessary to have more languages on our CV to get that job.HINT: Use "tener" in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivotuvierantuviésemostuviéramostuviesentuvieses

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KB1

Hi, I think “Quizas yo tuviera un amante…” should be translated as I might have had …and not I might had…. Thanks, K

Asked 1 year ago
ShuiKwiziq language super star

¡Hola K!

Thanks for spotting that typo - we've fixed it now.

Saludos

Shui

Hi, I think “Quizas yo tuviera un amante…” should be translated as I might have had …and not I might had…. Thanks, K

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