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Old August 06, 2008, 03:17 PM
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Imperfecto del Subjuntivo

Existe una diferencia entre las dos formas del Imperfecto del Subjuntivo?

Ex.
Yo no creía que caminara demasiado lejos.

O...

Yo no creía que caminase demasiado lejos.

Significan la misma cosa?
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Existe una diferencia entre las dos formas del Imperfecto del Subjuntivo?

Ex.
Yo no creía que caminara demasiado lejos.

O...

Yo no creía que caminase demasiado lejos.

Significan la misma cosa?
Significan exactamente lo mismo. Son evoluciones de distintas formas del latín que convergen en el mismo tiempo verbal, el imperfecto de subjuntivo: amara o amase.
Del mismo modo, el pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo: hubiera o hubiese amado.
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Significan exactamente lo mismo. Son evoluciones de distintas formas del latín que convergen en el mismo tiempo verbal, el imperfecto de subjuntivo: amara o amase.
Del mismo modo, el pluscuamperfecto de subjuntivo: hubiera o hubiese amado.
I´ve given up on the spanish subjunctive..., and my tutor has equally given up on me.
Try as I might, I can´t seem to learn any of it.
Must be old age.
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Old August 07, 2008, 08:16 AM
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Well don't give up. Just use it. It's used so often that you'll have at least a fifty percent chance of being right! And it's all in your head anyway, and no one can tell you what you are thinking...Once I got over my subjuctophobia life got a lot easier! LOL
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I´ve given up on the spanish subjunctive..., and my tutor has equally given up on me.
Try as I might, I can´t seem to learn any of it.


Must be old age.
I recommend not to think about subjunctive as it was a piece of wood. Think that you have to use it after, for example, this expressions:
  • Quiero que...
  • Me gusta que...
  • No pienso/creo que... (only in the negative form).
All of these forms go or can go with the present subjunctive. So, what's the difficulty? Start by practising these expressions with the present subjunctive. And don't give up!
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The word Give up! meaning Abandonar.?
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That's what I meant

That's what I meant to say, Alfonso, that it isn't a rigid thing, and to just "play" with it. And that often there is no right or wrong, but it's all in your head. So, good advice.

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The word Give up! meaning Abandonar.?
Does the phrase to give up mean abandonar?
Yes (also darse por vencido).
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En cuanto a la pregunta original, significan lo mismo, pero su uso puede ser un poco distinto. En mi opinión, fuera se usa más que fuese, y fuese se oye un poco más poético, literario etc.

Tengo una pregunta para los hablantes nativos- ¿Cuál sería más usual?
Me dijo que entrara a las diez.
Me dijo que entrase a las diez.
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Rusty, Why do you say this sentence (I meant to say), I know what the past of mean is meant: Decir, dijo, but why do you use the word say too, I don't understand that phrase, could you explain me with more detail.
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