Impersonal Expressions 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 impersonal expressions.
Impersonal expressions work a lot like emotions in that they express someone’s opinion or value judgement. They focus on the subjectivity of the statement and not on the actual truth or reality of the situation.
Almost any phrase using the formula es + adjectivo + que can be an impersonal expression as long as it doesn’t state a truth (es verdad que ), certainty (es cierto que ), or fact (es un hecho que ). Phrases beginning with these statements use the indicative.
Some Useful Impersonal Expressions
|it is nice||it is great|
|it is necessary||it is urgent|
|it is good||it is strange|
|it is probable||it is a disgrace|
|it is curious/weird||it is important|
|it is rare, it is strange/odd||it is not certain|
|it is doubtful||it is incredible|
|it is recommended||it is not a fact|
|it is essential||it is bad|
|it is a pity||it is not true|