Colloquial present vs subjunctive

TaraC1Kwiziq community member

Colloquial present vs subjunctive

Can you describe in what general contexts these would be used?

Are they interchangeable or are meanings slightly different depending who you’re talking to? Example such as when talking to children.


Asked 2 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Tara

The use of the present indicative as shown in this lesson is very colloquial and it is used with people you know very well, e.g. your own children. It could be used with other adults but in a very informal atmosphere, maybe when you ask (more telling than asking really) your husband what he has to do, or the other way round : ))

Equally you could use the imperative (present subjunctive for negative commands). This is also informal but the use of the present indicative is, I would say, an extra level of informality. It is a very direct order.

Saludos

Inma

Colloquial present vs subjunctive

Can you describe in what general contexts these would be used?

Are they interchangeable or are meanings slightly different depending who you’re talking to? Example such as when talking to children.


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