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3.5: Sección 1 - Gramática - Expresiones impersonales

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    ¿Qué son las expresiones impersonales?

    One common structure you will use in Spanish is the impersonal expression, so named because there is not a specific person as the subject. Impersonal expressions always have the following elements:

    • The verb "es"
    • An adjective

    and often have these elements too:

    • The conjunction "que"
    • A second (conjugated) verb

    Some examples of sentences with impersonal expressions are:

    • Es obvio que los atletas beben mucha agua.
    • Es bueno que digas la verdad al médico.
    • No es posible que mi abuela consiga una cita con su dentista esta semana.

    In most contexts, impersonal expressions will require subjunctive, but there are a few conditions that must be met first. Recall that in the previous chapter you learned three conditions necessary for a noun clause to use the subjunctive:

    1. The main verb is one of influence, doubt, emotion, negation, or the expression Ojalá
    2. The conjunction "que" links the independent clause to a dependent clause
    3. There is a change of subject between the two clauses

    Let's take a look at each of these in turn.


    3.5: Sección 1 - Gramática - Expresiones impersonales is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Kim Armstrong, Ana Anderson, and Jialing Liu.