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The Perfect Subjunctive

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Use it when the Perfect and Subjunctive overlap

Use the past participle (e.g. hablado) with the appropriate conjugated form of haber to match the tense.

What is it?

The Perfect Subjunctive is used when there is an overlap in the Perfect tense and the Subjunctive mood.

When is it used?

  • Perfect Subjunctive Present - To talk about past actions that are connected to the present (or actions that will have happened by a certain point in the future).
  • Perfect Subjunctive Past - To talk about hypothetical situations in the past, past conditionals and past actions that preceded other past actions.
  • Perfect Subjunctive Future - To talk about actions that will have happened in the future at a certain point. Rarely used in modern spoken Spanish.

Perfect   Indicative Present