Expressing Emotions with the SubjunctiveStart first lesson
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.
All sorts of emotions, including annoyance, anger, happiness, regret, sadness, fear, surprise, and ecstasy fall into this category. In essence, 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
The following verbs are commonly used to express emotion.
|to be glad||to like|
|to complain||to be delighted|
|to regret||to feel|
|to make angry||to astonish|
|to surprise||to be glad, angry, sad, etc.|
|to annoy||to fear|
|to be afraid that||to be amazed that|
Check out these examples of emotion verbs being used with the subjunctive.
Ready to take your subjunctive learning to the next level? Check out these articles on the subjunctive in different tenses!