Present Subjunctive: verbs of desire

# F. J. Villatoro #

Present Subjunctive: verbs of desire

The subjunctive is used: to express desire.


Here is a list of common expressions that introduce an aspect of desire to the sentence, and therefore trigger the use of the subjunctive.


esperar que to wish that ...
insistir en que ... to insist that ...
mandar que ... to order that ...
preferir que ... to prefer that ...
prohibir que ... to prohibit that ...
querer que ... to want that ...
es aconsejable que ... it's advisable that ...
es necesario que ... it's necessary that ...
pedir que ... to ask that ...
recomendar que ... to recommend that ...
rogar que ... to plead that ...
sugerir que ... to suggest that ...

Remember, there are also expressions that trigger the use of the indicative mood, since they introduce a quality of certainty or objectivity.

Here's a partial list of such expressions:


creer que ... to believe that ...
no dudar que ... to not doubt that ...
estar seguro que ... to be sure that ...
no es dudoso que ... it is not doubtful that ...
no hay duda que ... there is no doubt that ...