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Spanish Lesson Seventy-Two: Desear + Que + Inf.

Updated on January 13, 2014

Hey Friends!

Thanks again for your support and welcome to this week's Spanish lesson! I know... it's been a long journey. In the coming weeks, I will be posting some reviews for some pertinent grammar techniques just as a refresher. Also, I will continue to teach the remainder of the Compound Tenses. So keep an eye for all those review lessons as we continue to enhance our fluency. I'm super excited about all that we've learned so far.

Just last week we discussed "to become" in Spanish using the verbs Hacerse, Ponerse, and Volverse. That was the first Spanish lesson of 2014. So if you want, go ahead and check that one out if you missed it.


  • To Understand the use of the verb "desear"
  • To Discuss the meaning of formula "desear + que + inf."
  • To Be Able to properly and effectively utilize "desear + que + inf"

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The Verb Desear

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I rarely see the verb "desear" as well. If you'll note, it kinda looks like the word "desire". Am I right? Well, that also happens to be the meaning of the verb. It is pretty much synonymous with the verb "querer" which means "to want/to wish for". So today we're going to discuss the use of the verb and the phrase involving desear, que, and an infinitive. So get ready for that!

Please Note: Desear + Que + Inf. requires the use of the subjunctive. Remember that? If you don't, I'll go back over it. I promise.

English Word
Spanish Equiv
To Loosen
Group/Sports Match
El Partido
Finally/At Last
To Take Out
La Tienda

Today's Vocabulary

Hey Friends!

So this week, like many of the others, includes vocabulary words that were emailed to me on a daily basis. The funny thin about those words is that I rarely see one I have never seen before. However, this time around I was taken for a loop with the verb "aflojar". I have NEVER seen that verb before, so I learned something new. Of course there are thousands of verbs. So it's kinda hard to know so many. Just like in English, right?

Anyway, I hope you all are practicing your vocabulary words and understanding that it takes some time to get acclimated to new words. There are still some that I have trouble remembering. So don't get discouraged. Enjoy today's lesson!!

  • Subjunctive Phrase
  • Verb that follows must be conjugated in the subjective
  • Literally refers to "to want" or "to desire"

Using Desear + Que + Inf.


As I said earlier, we will be reviewing some old topics just as refresher. I will also add more to those topics to enhance your experience. Desear + Que + Inf is an impersonal expression that is qualified as a phrase used for the Subjunctive. I will review the differences between the Indicative and Subjunctive in the next few lessons/reviews so keep an eye out for those. As far as this lesson goes, Desear + Que + Inf is simple to use and very easy to understand. Just remember that you'll have to conjugate the verbs that follow the phrase into the Subjunctive. I will go over the Imperfect Subjunctive in another lesson. This time we'll just focus on things in the present tense. So let's check out some examples of how to use this phrase.

Use In Context

Deseo que comas pollo asado. I desire (want) that you eat baked chicken. Desear is always conjugated for the person that desires. The subjunctive is then formed in response to the Indirect Object (him, her, or it). Remember that the present subjunctive is taken by the present indicative form of the verb, drop the normal ending and add "a, as, a, amos, an" for er/ir verbs and "e,es,e,emos,en" for ar verbs.

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¿Deseas que Manuel haga su tarea? Do you desire (want) that Manuel does his homework? Hacer is "Hago" in its present indicative form. The ending was dropped and we added "a" to refer to Manuel. We will discuss conjugation again in another lesson. Note that Subjunctive phrases refer to contradiction, doubt, wishes, intents, and commands. Basically anything one can feel passionate about. Again, we'll go back over this


¿No deseas que Manuel haga su tarea? You don't desire (want) that Manuel does his homework? If you'll note, the word "que" referes to "that" in this cases. "Qué" means "what" while "Que" is used for phrasing as refers to "that". Note the lack of an accent on the second word. Making any sentence negative means adding "no" to the beginning before the initial verb. Get it?

Final Note: The Subjunctive is a bit tricky for a lot of people and I will continue to explain it in coming lessons to give you a thorough idea of what it means to speak in the "mood". Remember it's not really a tense, but another way to form a verb to indicate what mood you're trying to excerpt. In English we stress certain syllables of words to indicate doubt or uncertainty. This is the Spanish language's equivalent to that.

Oh! Next week we're going to discuss the Subjunctive Vs. Indicative. If you want a thorough review, come on back next week! I promise you won't regret it! Have a great week!

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