Querer que is always followed by El Subjuntivo (imperfect subjunctive)

The verb querer when followed by que always triggers the subjunctive. If querer is conjugated in El Presente, then the subordinate sentence will need  El Presente de Subjuntivo.To review this, see Querer que is always followed by El Subjuntivo (present subjunctive).

When we introduce the sentence with querer in El Pretérito Imperfecto, then the subordinate sentence will need  El Imperfecto Subjuntivo.

Have a look at the following examples:

Yo quería quevinieras conmigo de compras.
I wanted you to come shopping with me.

Mis padres querían que yo estudiase biología.
My parents wanted me to study Biology.

¿Querías que te ayudara con tus deberes?
Did you want me to help you with your homework?

Notice how:

  • in the subordinate sentence after quererque we use El Imperfecto Subjuntivo.
  • the subject in the main clause is always different to the subject in the subordinate clause after querer que
  • the action in the subordinate clause refers to a past action or a future action related to the moment of speaking, i.e "que te ayudara" = that I helped you (back then), or "que te ayudara"that I helped you later on.

You may also find this structure when we want to refer to a completed action in the past.

                    Quería que + El Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo

For example:

Mis padres querían que yo hubiera/hubiese estudiado biología.
My parents wanted me to "have studied" Biology.

 See also Conjugate verbs in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo.

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Mis padres querían que yo estudiase biología.
My parents wanted me to study Biology.


Yo quería quevinieras conmigo de compras.
I wanted you to come shopping with me.


¿Querías que te ayudara con tus deberes?
Did you want me to help you with your homework?


Q&A Forum 3 questions, 3 answers

EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

What would happen if querer was in Pretérito indefinido ... quise ...?

Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Emanuel

The use of querer in the preterite, in general (not only when followed by the subjunctive) is a lot less common than querer in the Imperfect tense (quería). When we use quise, quisiste, quiso... we interpret this "wanted" as a desire/intention that takes place during a defined time period, or it could also be interpreted as a desire/intention that has just started. For example:

Al acabar el bachillerato, Laura quiso estudiar medicina, pero sus padres la convencieron para que estudiara biología. 

(When she finished the sixth form, Laura wanted/had the intention to study Medicine but her parents persuaded her to study Biology.)

As per the use of subjunctive after quiso que, the tense that is normally used here is the Imperfect subjunctive. For example:

Los padres de Laura quisieron que ella estudiara biología, en vez de medicina.

Laura's parents wanted her to study Biology, not Medicine.

Here, this "quisieron que" is taken as a desire that started at some defined time. (when she finished sixth form)

Un saludo cordial

Inma

What would happen if querer was in Pretérito indefinido ... quise ...?

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CarlC1Kwiziq community member

Minor Correction

The first sentence of the lesson has a minor error:

The verb querer when followed by que is always triggers the subjunctive. 

Thanks for your great teaching system!

Asked 8 months ago
ShuiKwiziq team member

Hola Carl

Thanks for letting us know - it's fixed now!

Saludos

Shui

Minor Correction

The first sentence of the lesson has a minor error:

The verb querer when followed by que is always triggers the subjunctive. 

Thanks for your great teaching system!

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William C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Missing que

Is the conjunction que missing in two of these options including a correct one?

Margarita no quería ________.Margarita didn't want Daniel to write to her.Daniel le escribieraDaniel escribirleque Daniel le escribaque Daniel le escribieseque Daniel le escribióque Daniel le escribiría
Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola William

Yes, one "que" was missing from one of the right answers. It's sorted now.

Thanks for letting us know.

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Missing que

Is the conjunction que missing in two of these options including a correct one?

Margarita no quería ________.Margarita didn't want Daniel to write to her.Daniel le escribieraDaniel escribirleque Daniel le escribaque Daniel le escribieseque Daniel le escribióque Daniel le escribiría

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