Hola, amigos de “Andrés Aprendes”! Ready to tackle one of the trickiest parts of Spanish grammar? Yes, we’re talking about the subjunctive mood, a topic that even seasoned learners find a bit daunting. But fear not! Today, I’m going to introduce you to a super handy tool that will make learning when to use the subjunctive a breeze. It’s called the WEIRDO acronym, and it’s about to become your new best friend on this linguistic adventure. If you still struggle conjugating the subjunctive mood, make sure you check out Conjugating the Present Subjunctive in Spanish.

What is WEIRDO?

WEIRDO is an acronym that helps you remember the situations where the subjunctive is typically required. Each letter stands for a different category of triggers:

  • Wishes
  • Emotions
  • Impersonal expressions
  • Recommendations
  • Doubt/Denial
  • Ojalá

Dive into the Details


When you want something to happen, or wish for something, the subjunctive is your go-to.

  • Example: “Espero que tengas un buen día.” (I hope you have a good day.)
  • Example: “Quiero que ella sea feliz.” (I want her to be happy.)
  • Example: “Deseo que nosotros vivamos en paz.” (I wish that we live in peace.)


If you’re expressing how you feel about a situation, guess what? You’ll likely need the subjunctive.

  • Example: “Me alegra que estés aquí.” (I’m glad you are here.)
  • Example: “Me entristece que ellos estén tristes.” (It saddens me that they are sad.)
  • Example: “Me sorprende que tú sepas eso.” (It surprises me that you know that.)

Impersonal Expressions

 These are expressions that express an opinion or convey a statement that is seen as subjective or not necessarily factual.

  • Example: “Es importante que sepas nadar.” (It’s important that you know how to swim.)
  • Example: “Es mejor que salgas ahora.” (It’s better that you leave now.)
  • Example: “Es necesario que hagamos una cita.” (It is necessary that we make an appointment.)


When advising or suggesting what others should do, the subjunctive comes into play.

  • Example: “Recomiendo que tomes agua antes de correr.” (I recommend that you drink water before running.)
  • Example: “Sugiero que leas este libro.” (I suggest that you read this book.)
  • Example: “Aconsejo que llegues temprano.” (I advise that you arrive early.)


 Not sure about something or outright denying it? You’ll find the subjunctive handy here, too.

  • Example: “Dudo que sea posible.” (I doubt that it is possible.)
  • Example: “No creo que tengamos suficiente tiempo.” (I don’t think we have enough time.)
  • Example: “Niega que conozca a esa persona.” (He denies knowing that person.)


 This one’s special! “Ojalá” is used to express hope or a wish, often regarding something out of your direct control, and it always triggers the subjunctive.

  • Example: “Ojalá que llueva mañana.” (Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.)
  • Example: “Ojalá que puedas venir.” (Hopefully, you can come.)
  • Example: “Ojalá que ganemos el partido.” (Hopefully, we win the match.)

Why is WEIRDO helpful?

Using WEIRDO simplifies the learning curve for when to deploy the subjunctive, making it less about memorizing complex rules and more about understanding the context of what you’re trying to express. By categorizing subjunctive triggers into these six memorable categories, you’re able to apply them actively in conversation, enhancing your fluency and confidence in Spanish.

So there you have it, amigos! Embrace the WEIRDO in you, and watch as the doors to advanced Spanish fluency open wide. Keep practicing, keep learning, and most importantly, keep enjoying the journey of mastering Spanish. ¡Hasta la próxima, amigos!


Elige el caso de subjuntivo que representa cada situación.

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