A lot of new Spanish learners are intimidated by the subjunctive tense and afraid to learn it. Why? Because the subjunctive is unlike the other tenses. The other tenses we’ve learned so far are indicative tenses: they tell you something that definitely happened/is happening/will happen, and the difference between the tenses is the difference between when these things occurred. Subjunctive, on the other hand, isn’t used to express time—it expresses a mood of uncertainty.
This may sound a little confusing, but don’t worry—it’s really no more complex than learning the difference between present simple and present progressive, or any of the other indicative tenses. And it’s important to learn the subjunctive, because it’s a common tense that Spanish-speakers use on a daily basis. So read on, and we’ll tackle the subjunctive together.