All these verbs are present tense + present subjunctive. Can I use the same construction with the conditional, in those cases where we are “softening” a request?
Such as: “Yo prefería que regreses más pronto.”
Or does that need a different structure? Thank you!
the natural verb sequence would be:
Main clause in the conditional + que clause in the Imperfect subjunctive.
Preferiría que regresaras pronto.
Me gustaría que vinieses conmigo.
Estaría bien que nos fuéramos de vacaciones.
Using the present subjunctive after the conditional would sound slightly odd: "preferiría que regreses pronto" but you may hear it sometimes in spoken Spanish.
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