Expressing Emotions with the Subjunctive
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 emotion, 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 be 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.