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I am a 3rd Year Modern Languages student at Durham University studying French and Spanish and I'm currently on my Year Abroad, living in Barcelona. I have always loved all things French and Spanish and I am really passionate about my subject. I really hope I can transfer some of this passion to you but if not, I hope to just help you improve in the subject for your exams!
French and Spanish have been my 'thing' since I first started learning them but I know this definitely isn't the case for everyone (I had lots of friends who hated them!!). Grammar and vocab don't always come easily to everyone but they are sadly really important. I hope that I can help guide you through any problem areas and help you to enjoy Languages more!
As well as the more technical (sometimes boring..) grammatical sides of things, I am more than happy to help with essays or longer writing pieces for both GCSE and A Level as well as the dreaded oral exams..
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These 'if' phrases or 'si' clauses in Spanish are sometimes tricky to understand but can really boost your essay or oral exams. They aren't complicated to use once you understand them and can help to get that variety of tenses into your work.
There are 3 main set-ups for using this structure.
1. Present indicative
This is when the condition is taking place in the present and the result of the condition will also either be in the present or the future.
The structure is SI + present indicative + present/future/imperative
So, as an example:
Si llueve, no vamos a la playa
Translation as: If it rains, we will not go to the beach.
As you can see, the first verb, llover - to rain, is in the present and the result, going to the beach, is in the future.
2. Past Subjunctive
This second structure is slightly more complex and is used in circumstances when the condition is not true. The condition is therefore past and subjunctive and the result is conditional, since it is not true.
The structure is SI + imperfect subjunctive + conditional
Si yo fuera estudiante de ciencias, yo sería muy triste.
Translated as: If I were a science student, I would be very unhappy
And the verb ser is in the past subjunctive (fuera) and is used again in the conditional at the end (sería).
3. Pluperfect Subjunctive
Lastly, the third structure is used when past fact is false in comparison to Structure 2 where present fact is false. So the condition is one step behind the past so is still subjunctive but also pluperfect and the result is still conditional but in the past.
The structure is: SI + pluperfect subjunctive + past conditional
This becomes more clear with an example.
Si yo hubiera tenido más dinero, yo habría ido de compras.
Translation: If I had had more money, I would have gone shopping.
It describes something that could or would have happened if something else had happened too.
We see huberia tenido in the pluperfect subjunctive and habría ido is the past conditional.
Hopefully this makes this often confused but very useful structure a little clearer! My advice would be to just keep practising. Perhaps aim to write out 10-15 phrases for each of the 3 structures to really make sure they are clear in your mind :)see more
Two of my favourite ways to get the subjunctive into an oral exam or an essay:
1. "Qué yo sepa..."
This means "as far as I know" and the structure itself includes the subjunctive.
Just add your opinion in after those three words and you have yourself a simple, quick way to include the often tricky tense.
2. "No pienso que.../No creo que..."
This is another really simple structure. Just add the subjunctive after saying "I don't think that..".
E.g. No pienso que sea posible.
(I do not think it is possible.)
We use the subjunctive tense here because the statement contains some doubt.see more