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Imperfect subjunctive

You were probably taught the rules for using the present subjunctive.  Do you remember when you are supposed to use it? 

To refresh your memory, here is the handy list:

  1. expressing wants (desear que…),
  2. making requests (pedir que…),
  3. giving advice (recomendar que…),
  4. indicating doubt (dudar que…), and
  5. using some impersonal expressions (es importante que…). 

If you know when to use the present subjunctive, you’re well on your way to forming the imperfect subjunctive.  You simply use it when expressing previous wants, requests, advice, doubts, and when using impersonal expressions in the past (era importante que…).

Remembering the imperfect subjunctive endings

A mnemonic phrase





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