SAT II Spanish : Mood of the Verb in Spanish

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II Spanish

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Indicative / Indicativo

Please fill in the blank with the correct answer.

Lo digo que en Oslo __________ frío en el invierno. 

Possible Answers:

está

hace

es

sea

haga

Correct answer:

hace

Explanation:

The correct answer is "hace." First the correct verb must be chosen. With expressions of weather in Spanish, the verb "hacer" is used. Then we are left with "hace" and "haga." Even though there is a "que" introducing a new clause in the sentence, the indicative is used, because there is no emotion or doubt expressed in the first clause; therefore, "hace" must be used. 

Example Question #1 : Mood Of The Verb In Spanish

What is grammatically incorrect about this sentence?

No creo que ellas pueden resolver los problemas. 

Possible Answers:

The tense of the first verb is incorrect

The third verb shouldn't be an infinitive. 

The definite article in the sentence is incorrect.

The second verb is in the incorrect form.

There is an "a" missing. 

Correct answer:

The second verb is in the incorrect form.

Explanation:

The correct answer is that the second verb in the sentence "pueden" is incorrect. Since the sentence is expressing a doubt, the subjunctive mood must be used. Instead of "pueden," "puedan" is used. 

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