Grammar GuideVerbsExpressing Recommendations and Requests with the Subjunctive

Expressing Recommendations and Requests with the Subjunctive

Quick Answer

The subjunctive (el subjuntivo) is one of three moods in Spanish, and it is often used to express recommendations and requests.

WEIRDO

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.

Recommendations

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.

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
aconsejar
to advise
proponer
to suggest
sugerir
to suggest
decir
to say
ordenar
to order
rogar
to beg
dejar
to let, allow
exigir
to demand
hacer
to make/to force
insistir
to insist
mandar
to order
prohibir
to forbid
recomendar
to recommend
suplicar
to beg

Check out these examples.

Mi doctor recomienda que beba más agua.
My doctor recommends I drink more water.
Suplico que mi hija tenga más cuidado.
I beg my daughter to be more careful.
Sugieren que leas este libro.
They suggest you read this book.
Dicen que veamos esa película.
They say we should watch that movie.

Note that the word que is used to separate the recommender from the recommendation in the sentences above.

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