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Old January 16, 2013, 03:52 PM
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Que tengas un buen fin de semana

I have a question regarding the above sentence. I see and hear it quite a bit and I know what it means, but is it a short for for 'Espero que tengas un buen fin de semana'? Or why does it start with a 'que'?

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Old January 16, 2013, 04:10 PM
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The way I get it is, the Que is like a polite wish, something like May you have a good weekend. That's why the verb form is tengas rather than tienes. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old January 16, 2013, 04:17 PM
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Instead of using a direct command, telling someone to have a good day, this construct is nothing more than a wish, and the subjunctive mood is used when wishing something.

You can think of it as a shortened form of a wish, as you wondered, but this is a very common way to express a wish without the verb 'esperar'. The conjunction 'que' accompanies the subjunctive clause.
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Old January 17, 2013, 09:34 AM
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Gracias! That's very helpful
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If you are Star Wars fans then you should remember this example, which is the same case as above:

"May the Force be with you" = "Que la Fuerza te acompañe"

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Old January 23, 2013, 01:20 PM
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Haha, that is perfect, carlosvilas! I will always remember now, thanks so much.
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