Expressing Recommendations and Requests 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 recommendations and requests.
When a person recommends, suggests, wants, or asks another person to do (or not do) something, the subjunctive is used.
Useful Verbs of Recommendation
The following verbs are commonly used to give recommendations.
|to advise||to suggest|
|to suggest||to say|
|to order||to beg|
|to let, allow||to demand|
|to make/to force||to insist|
|to order||to forbid|
|to recommend||to beg|
Check out these examples.
Note that the word que is used to separate the recommender from the recommendation in the sentences above.