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12 phrases to differentiate ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ in present tense of the subjunctive

The time has come to go a step further and for practicing to differentiate uses of the verbs ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ in the present tense of the subjunctive. We start with 12 phrases or easy examples which you can listen them in an MP3 too. Before, we propose you to review our post about the verbs ‘ser’ and ‘estar’. Why? Because we know that it is so complicated to differentiate the verbs ‘ser’ and ‘estar’ and speaking using tenses in subjunctive.


Listen MP3:


Sea quien sea.   (Whoever it is.)

Esté donde esté.    (Wherever you are.)

No importa que seas extranjero.   (It does not matter you are foreigner.)

No importa que estés en el extranjero.   (It does not matter you are abroad.)

Espero que sea detenido. (I hope he is arrested.)

Espero que esté detenido.  (I hope he is under arrest.)

No creo que seamos un equipo.  (I don’t think we’re a team.)

No creo que estemos en el equipo. (I don’t think we’re in the team.)

Quizá seáis alegres.  (Maybe you are happy, cheerful.)

Quizá estéis contentos.  (Maybe you are happy.)

Quizá sean altos.  (Maybe they are tall.)

Quizá estén en lo alto. (Maybe they are at the top.)


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