Top 10 impersonal expressions that trigger the SUBJUNCTIVE

Showing that you have a very solid understanding of the subjunctive and making sure that you remember to use it in your essays is essential to achieving good marks for range of structures and accuracy.

Impersonal expressions that trigger the subjunctive are some of the easiest and most obvious ways to get the subjunctive in to your work. The list of such expressions is incredibly long so here follows 15 of the best (in my opinion)

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  • Created on: 07-02-14 08:32

Impersonal expressions requiring the SUBJUNCTIVE.

1. es aconsejable que ... = it's advisable that ...
2. es maravilloso / bueno / malo que ... =  it's marvellous / good / bad that ...
3. es dudoso que ...=  it's doubtful that ...
4. es importante / preciso que ...=  it's important / essential that ...
5. es posible / imposible que ... =  it's (im)possible that ...
6. es probable / improbable que ... =  it's (un)likely that ...
7. es (una) lástima que ... =  it's a shame that ...
8. es mejor que ... =  it's better that ...
9. es necesario / menester que ... =  it's necessary that ...
10. es preferible que ... =  it's preferable that ...
11. es raro que ... =  it's rare that ...
12. es increíble / ridículo / terrible / trágico que ... =  it's incredible / ridiculous / terrible / tragic that ...
13. más vale que ... =  it's better that ...

 14. puede ser que ... =  it could be that ...

15. es comprensible que .... = it's understandable that .....


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