Expressing Emotions 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 emotions.
Being annoyed, angry, happy, regretful, sad, scared, or surprised all fall into this category. Any personal reaction to a situation is emotional. The focus is not on a factual observation of a situation, but how it makes the subject feel. Since how a person feels is always subjective, you use the subjunctive.
Useful Verbs of Emotion
|to be glad||to like|
|to complain||to be delighted|
|to regret||to feel|
|to be angry||to astonish|
|to surprise||to be glad, angry, sad, etc.|
|to annoy||to fear|
|to be afraid that||to be amazed that|