Conjugate tener in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

We use El Imperfecto Subjuntivo in some subordinate clauses and in particularly polite requests.

Rather unusually, this tense has two conjugation forms. Take a look at tener conjugations in El Imperfecto Subjuntivo:

Conjugation 1 (used widely in speech in Spain, Latin America and South America)

yo tuviera
tuvieras
él / ella / Ud. tuviera
nosotros tuviéramos
vosotros tuvierais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tuvieran

 Conjugation 2 (used more in written language and in Spain)

yo tuviese
tuvieses
él / ella / Ud. tuviese
nosotros tuviésemos
vosotros tuvieseis
ellos / ellas / Uds.   tuviesen

Read and listen to these examples:

Quizás yo tuviera una escoba para barrer.
Maybe I had a broom to sweep up with.

Quizás yo tuviese un amante en Teruel.
I might have had a lover in Teruel.

Quizás tú tuvieras muchos amigos en Inglaterra.
Maybe you have lots of friends in England.

No estaría bien que tú tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.
It wouldn't be good if you had that much free time.

Sería positivo que ella tuviera más apoyo de sus profesores.
It would be good if she had more support from her teachers.

No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.
She couldn't accept her friend having a snake at home.

Ojalá nosotros tuviéramos más fotos del viaje.
I wish we had more pictures of the trip.

Ojalá nosotras tuviésemos mucho dinero para gastar.
I wish we had a lot of money to spend.

No sabía que vosotros tuviérais una casa en la playa.
I didn't know that you had a house at the beach.

No pensaba que vosotras tuviéseis problemas con la justicia.
I didn't think that you had problems with the law.

Tal vez ellos tuvieran motivos para no venir.
Maybe they had a reason for not coming.

Tal vez ellas tuviesen demasiado equipaje en el avión.
Maybe they had too much luggage in the plane.

See also Conjugate verbs in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivo.

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Ojalá nosotros tuviéramos más fotos del viaje.
I wish we had more pictures of the trip.


Quizás yo tuviese un amante en Teruel.
I might have had a lover in Teruel.


Tal vez ellos tuvieran motivos para no venir.
Maybe they had a reason for not coming.


Quizás yo tuviera una escoba para barrer.
Maybe I had a broom to sweep up with.


No sabía que vosotros tuviérais una casa en la playa.
I didn't know that you had a house at the beach.


Sería positivo que ella tuviera más apoyo de sus profesores.
It would be good if she had more support from her teachers.


Ojalá nosotras tuviésemos mucho dinero para gastar.
I wish we had a lot of money to spend.


Quizás tú tuvieras muchos amigos en Inglaterra.
Maybe you have lots of friends in England.


Tal vez ellas tuviesen demasiado equipaje en el avión.
Maybe they had too much luggage in the plane.


No pensaba que vosotras tuviéseis problemas con la justicia.
I didn't think that you had problems with the law.


No aceptaba que su amigo tuviera una serpiente en casa.
She couldn't accept her friend having a snake at home.


No estaría bien que tú tuvieses tanto tiempo libre.
It wouldn't be good if you had that much free time.


Q&A

Hans

Kwiziq community member

12 November 2018

3 replies

Why is the "we" form correct and not the they form in Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo.

Sería necesario que ________ más idiomas en nuestro currículum para acceder a ese trabajo. It would be necessary to have more languages on our CV to get that job.HINT: Use "tener" in El Imperfecto de Subjuntivotuvierantuviésemostuviéramostuviesentuvieses

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

12 November 2018

12/11/18

¡Hola Hans! Thanks for spotting this mistake, I have just changed the English sentence to make it clearer.

Silvia.

Hans

Kwiziq community member

12 November 2018

12/11/18

Sorry for the cripled answer possibilities, they where:

tuvieran
tuviésemos
tuviéramos
tuviesen
tuvieses

and i thought tuvieran and tuviesen to be correct, while the tuviésemos and tuvieramos are the correct answers.

I can not find a clue for the "we" form

Hans

Kwiziq community member

12 November 2018

12/11/18

Thank you

K

Kwiziq community member

1 September 2018

1 reply

Hi, I think “Quizas yo tuviera un amante…” should be translated as I might have had …and not I might had…. Thanks, K

Shui

Kwiziq language super star

1 September 2018

1/09/18

¡Hola K!

Thanks for spotting that typo - we've fixed it now.

Saludos

Shui

Getting that for you now.