Subjunctive or Indicative in Spanish Noun Clauses?
WIDEN or CART

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Indicative

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The subjunctive is going to WIDEN your paths, allowing you to view the world from different points of view. In noun clauses, the subjunctive will be used when there is a change of subject and when the governing verb expresses Willing, Influence, Doubt, Emotion or Negation.

In contrast, the indicative might be said to CART you along the normal path of reality, and will be used in noun clauses which are governed by verbs of Certainty, Affirmation, Reporting, and Truth.

Based on an idea offered in class by Mandy Townsend.

More information on the subjunctive/indicative in noun clauses.


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