Spanish 275 Study Guide C5 - Lena Brinjikji Captulo 5 Study...

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Lena Brinjikji Capítulo 5 Study Guide The Subjunctive with Impersonal Expressions Most impersonal expressions fall into one of the categories that cal l for the subjunctive (wish, doubt, emotion, unreality, etc.) + therefore require the subjunctive where there is a change of subject Bastar To be enough Convenir To be advisable Parecer mentira To seem incredible/impossible Poder ser To be possible Qué lástima! What a pity! Ser bueno To be a good thing Ser difícil To be unlikely Ser dudoso To be doubtful Ser extraño To be strange Ser fácil To be likely Ser importante To be important Ser (im)posible To be (im)possible Ser (im)propable To be (un)likely Ser (una) lástima To be a pity Ser necessario, ser preciso To be necessary Ser preferible To be better Ser urgente, urgir To be urgent Valer más To be better Valer la pena To be worthwhile Pepito era un niño muy inteligente. Bastaba que el maestro le explicara las cosas solo una vez. [Pepito was a very intelligent child. It was enough for the child to explain things to him just once] Parecía mentira que Yoli hubiese olvidado tan pronto todo lo que hice por ella. [It seemed incredible that yoli had forgotten so soon all I did for her] Es necesario que Juan David deje de fumar. [It is necessary that Juan David stop smoking] Será preciso que uno de nosotros vaya contigo. No conoces la ciudad y es muy probable que te pierdas. [It will be necessary for one of us to go with you. You don’t know the city, and it is very possible that you will get lost] *There is also a less-common alternate construction that combines an indirect object pronoun and an infinitive *This construction is often heard when the speaker wishes to place the emphsasis on the person rather than on the action Pepito era un niño muy inteligente. Al maestro le bastaba explicarle las cosas una sola vez.
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[Pepito was a very intelligent child. It was enough for the teacher to explain things to him just once] *Avoid translating for me (you , etc) as para mí
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Spanish 275 Study Guide C5 - Lena Brinjikji Captulo 5 Study...

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