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Intermediate Spanish Review Lesson 7 El Presente de Subjuntivo with probability Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Learning, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola a todos!

Hoy vamos a practicar como usar el presente de subjuntivo con frases de probabilidad. In this lesson we are going to practice how to use the Spanish Present Subjunctive Tense with probability.

Answers to all tasks involved in this lesson will be given at the end of the post and you can also follow a link with this post to watch the original theory video lesson on the same topic.

To go back and watch the original video lesson please follow this link:

Intermediate theory video lesson 7

1. First, I will say some sentences in Spanish. I will say each sentence in two different ways – one using El Presente de Indicativo and one using El Presente de Subjuntivo – but only one will be correct. I would like you to tell me which sentence is the correct one:

Probablemente voy al cine esta tarde / Probablemente vaya al cine esta tarde.
Tal vez está en Barcelona / Tal vez esté en Barcelona.
A lo mejor viene mañana / A lo mejor venga mañana.
Igual estudio esta noche / Igual estudie esta noche.

2. Next I will say some sentences in Spanish using El Presente de Indicativo and a word of probability. You have to make new sentences using this word and changing the verb to El Presente de Subjuntivo if necessary. For example, if I say “Voy a la playa” and then I say “Quizás” You should say “Quizás vaya a la playa”:

Tiene que trabajar / Posiblemente
Hace mucho calor / Quizá
No tiene tiempo / Es posible que
Están escuchando música / Probablemente
Leemos un libro / Puede que
Vamos a Alicante / Igual
Viene mañana / Es probable que
Tienen frío / Tal vez
Está enfermo / Puede ser que
Está comiendo / A lo mejor

3. Now, let´s review some expressions that we use in Spanish to react to predictions. Do you know what these sentences mean?

Espero que sí
No sé, no sé
Yo también lo creo
Ya me gustaría, ya
Seguro que sí
Yo no lo veo tan claro
¡Ni que lo digas!
¿Tú crees? No sé yo…

Finally please tell me how to say these things in Spanish:

Let´s see if that is true
I don´t think so
Of course!/Yeah, right!
No way!
Not even you believe that
What are you saying? That is impossible!
That’s just what we need! (In an ironic way)

Aquí terminamos la clase de hoy.

I hope little by little you are getting your head around the Spanish Subjunctive. Unfortunately there is not one general rule for when you should use it. Instead you have to remember the type of sentences that require it and to practice with them as much as you can.

¡Hasta pronto!

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Probablemente vaya al cine esta tarde.
Tal vez esté en Barcelona.
A lo mejor viene mañana.
Igual estudio esta noche.


Posiblemente tenga que trabajar
Quizá haga mucho calor
Es posible que no tenga tiempo
Probablemente estén escuchando música
Puede que leamos un libro
Igual vamos a Alicante
Es probable que venga mañana
Tal vez tengan frío
Puede ser que esté enfermo
A lo mejor está comiendo


I hope so
I really don´t know
I think so too
I would love to
I don´t see it that easy/clear
You don´t say!/ Tell me about it!
Do you think so? I am not so sure

A ver si es verdad
No creo
¡Sí hombre!
¡No me digas!
Eso no te lo crees ni tú
Pero ¿Qué dices? Eso es imposible
¡Lo que nos faltaba!

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Sandra dixon:

    Hi Laura I love your videos and I think you are amazing for posting.
    I was led to believe by my Spanish teacher and my Spanish advanced book that:
    Tal vez
    Can be used with either subjunctive or the indicative
    Is this true?
    Many thanks again
    Sandra :0)