subjunctive

Just wanted to make a note to remind myself of 11th-grade Spanish class.

The subjunctive mood is used to express everything except certainty and objectivity: things like doubt, uncertainty, subjectivity, etc.

The difference between indicative and subjunctive is the difference between certainty/objectivity (indicative) and possibility/subjectivity (subjunctive).


I want John to go to the store.
(The clause “I want” tells us that the speaker feels that there is uncertainty as to whether John goes to the store.)

I hope that John goes to the store.
(The clause “I hope” tells us that the speaker feels that there is uncertainty as to whether John goes to the store.)

It is possible that John will go to the store.
(The clause “it is possible” tells us that the speaker feels that there is uncertainty as to whether John goes to the store.)

It’s good that John goes to the store.
(The clause “it’s good” alerts us that the speaker is about to express a subjective opinion.)

It’s important that John goes to the store.
(The clause “it’s important” alerts us that the speaker is about to express a subjective opinion.)

Possibility/objectivity” encompasses actions that are not yet completed.

Phrases indicating incomplete actions

a menos que
antes de que
con tal de que
después de que
hasta que
mientras que
tan pronto como

This last part answers my question. Context was reporting to Carlos that while translating his screenplay, I can send him notes as I go along:

Puedo mandarte notas como siga leyendolo.

Como in this case = Mientras que (as/while)

source: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj1.htm

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