Expressing Doubt and Denial with the Subjunctive
The subjunctive is one of the three moods in Spanish, the other two being the indicative (actions, events, facts) and the imperative (commands). You can find more on the differences between the subjunctive and the indicative here!
Many of the verbs and phrases that require the subjunctive fit into the acronym WEIRDO: Wishes, Emotions, Impersonal expressions, Recommendations, Doubt/Denial and Ojalá. In this article, we're going to take a look at doubt and denial.
To doubt or deny something is to question its connection with reality or to express that it is hypothetical.
Useful Verbs of Doubt
|to doubt||to not believe|
|to not think||to deny|
|to be unsure||to not assume|
|to not understand||to not seem|
Indicative or Subjunctive?
Verbs that follow comprender (to understand), creer (to believe), estar seguro (to be sure), parecer (to seem), pensar (to think), and suponer (to assume) are normally used in the indicative, while verbs that follow the negated forms of the above verbs (no comprender, no parecer, etc.) are normally used in the subjunctive.