Subjunctive weirdo

Subjunctive weirdo


I have just been working on an exercise conjugating verbs and have used the subjunctive WEIRDO for guidance. Could someone please explain what the I Impersonal Expressions actually means please. I am having a Senior Citizens moment and can´t for the life of me think what an Impersonal Expression could be.

Also if the second verb of the sentence is conjugated in the Indicative can I start the sentence with a Subjunctive verb or not?

Many thanks - muddled and confused at the moment as I have been thrown into 4 tenses of Subjunctive all at once which has messed up my Indicative work.

updated JUL 20, 2010
posted by caza

1 Answer


Looking at the Reference Article.

Impersonal expressions work a lot like emotions in that they are someone´s opinion or value judgement. They focus on the subjectivity of the subject and not on the actual truth or reality of the situation.

Impersonal Expression Formula

Almost any phase with the es + adjective + que can be an impersonal expression as long as it doesn´t state any truth (es verdad que), certainty (es cierto que), or fact (es hecho que). These are indicative. But their opposites (no es verdad que) are subjunctive.

Es necesario que Jaime lea este libro. This is one example.

I imagine that you've already looked at it, but there it is in case you didn't.

As for your second question, you need to be a bit more specific, but there might be some cases where you can, but usually the subjunctive comes after a phrase that isn't already in subjunctive, so it would need to be a pretty large sentence for that to happen.

updated JUL 20, 2010
edited by Fredbong
posted by Fredbong
Many thanks, that´s cleared things up a bit and your second answer confirmed what I thought. - caza, JUL 20, 2010
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