Spanish Verbs: Subjunctive

Beginning learners of the Spanish language often think of the subjunctive as a tense, but it's actually a mood. In Spanish, a tense refers to when an action occurs (present, past, future). A mood simply reflects how the person speaking feels about an action that is taking place, has taken place, or will take place. The subjunctive mood is not used very frequently in English, but it is very common in Spanish. The subjunctive mood is used to express doubt, desire, emotions, uncertainty, the abstract, and the unknown.

Below we'll explore in detail when and how to use the subjunctive in Spanish. To get started, select a category below.