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What is the correct tense(s) for sentences with multiple subordinate clauses?

Would the tense for each clause individually depend on the content of each clause, or would it cascade from the first clause? For instance, would everything following an indefinite adverbial clause be in the subjunctive tense even if it would not normally be if it stood on it own as the only subordinate clause in the sentence?

Algún día espero tener una casa que tenga las habitaciónes para todos mis niños para que no les tengan compartir.

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updated JUL 23, 2010
edited by swifty
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I don't know if this what you're asking, but:

Algún día espero tener una casa

Makes sense on its own; main clause.

que tenga las habitaciónes para todos mis niños para que no les tengan compartir.

Does not make sense on its own; it needs more information. (One might be left wondering ¿Que qué cosa tenga las habitaciones? ¿Que quién tenga las habitaciones, el dueño del hotel?)

Now, for the tense on the subjunctive, the order is: verb + noun.

que tenga las habitaciones para todos mis niños para que no las tengan que compartir.

"que tenga las habitaciones para todos mis niños" first sub. clause "para que no las tengan que compartir" second sub. clause.

Did that help?

updated JUL 16, 2010
posted by MadderSky
I'm not sure. I think what I'm asking is is the clause, "que no les tengan compartir" still considered a clause of the main clause (not the preceding one), when considering what tense to use? - swifty, JUL 16, 2010
*las. Erk. - swifty, JUL 16, 2010
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