Can some please give me an example of the subjunctive and explain how I would use it'
You'll find tons of books and rules about the subjunctive, and you'll end up believing that it is the most complicated thing in the world. However, the main restrictions behind the subjunctive also apply indirectly to English syntax, so it is not really as alien as it sounds. There are some excellent books published recently that explain the subjunctive using just a few simple rules based on a single principle, and they work like a charm. The idea is this: subjunctive appears only in subordinate clauses (some of them are implicit ones), and whenever you declare, you use indicative; otherwise, you use subjunctive. There is a great book for this (and many other grammatical points):
Gramática básica del estudiante de español - Ed. Difusión
The book is published in Spain and it is entirely written in Spanish, but it has also been translated to other languages. This book makes the whole subjunctive feel like a piece of cake.
Beware of rules like "doubt", "wish",... as these things can be expressed without subjunctive, and you can use the subjunctive to talk about things where you're 100% certain.
Cherub1, that is kind of a loaded question. There are entire chapters in books about the subjunctive and its uses. Here are a couple of good sites I found:
Hope this helps
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I think it means when you state something, ie factual
whenever you declare
What do you mean''
basically you use the subjunctive when you express emotion, doubt, or a wish. all you do is change the ending to the opposite letter.
-ar endings like borrar changes to borre ( yo, usted form)
-er/-ir endings like vivir changes to viva (yo, usted form)
Thank you. It gives me a litte better understanding.