When there is no doubt, why the subjunctive?

allison

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2018

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When there is no doubt, why the subjunctive?

No dudo en absoluto que nosotros nos ________ siempre.I have absolutely no doubt that we will love each other for ever.HINT: Conjugate "querer" in El Presente Subjuntivo."No dudo que" would express certainty, so why the subjunctive here?

This relates to:
Conjugate stem-changing verb querer (e > ie) in El presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive) -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2018

25/10/18

Hola Allison,

With verbs expressing doubt, even when they are in negative, the subjunctive is needed. Here is a lesson about this:

Using the subjunctive to express doubt or uncertainty

Saludos

Inma

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2018

25/10/18

Hi Allison,

I've just double checked the use of subjunctive with "dudar" in negative, and there is a nuance here when we use "no dudar que". In this case, the meaning of this verb in negative is "to hope/to trust". This is why in this specific case it is used with subjunctive. So, this sentence means: "Yo espero/confío en que nosotros nos queramos siempre."

We will add an extra note to the lesson to clarify.

I hope this clarifies your doubt.

Saludos

Inma

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