Sembra che + subjunctive: Italian grammar lesson 215


Unlock the secrets of expressing opinions in Italian with flair! Dive into the nuances of using “sembra che” with the subjunctive mood to convey thoughts like a native speaker. 🇮🇹✨

  • Get the Basics: Master the phrase “sembra che” to share opinions, not facts. Just pop in the subjunctive form of the verb and you’re golden! 🌟
  • Personal Touch: Add pronouns like “mi, ti, gli” before “sembra” to personalize your statement. It’s all about that Italian charm! 😉
  • Subjunctive Variety: Play with all four subjunctive tenses – presente, imperfetto, passato, and trapassato – to match your mood and timeframe. 🕒
  • Present Tense: Use “congiuntivo presente” for current opinions. Think “Sembra che lei abbia ragione” when you reckon someone’s right now. 👍
  • Imperfect Subjunctive: Reflect on past opinions with “congiuntivo imperfetto”. “Sembrava che tu volessi andare via” is perfect for past hunches. 🤔
  • Past Subjunctive: When you’re discussing completed actions, “congiuntivo passato” is your go-to. Use it like “Sembra che abbiano portato via tutto” to talk about things that have happened. 🧐
  • Past Perfect Subjunctive: For opinions on actions that were completed before another past event, “congiuntivo trapassato” is the tense you need. 🔄
  • Keep Learning: Don’t stop here! Dive deeper into the subjunctive with phrases like “magari” and “prima che” to sound even more Italian. 📚

My thoughts

What is sembra che + subjunctive?

We use sembra che to express a personal opinion and not a fact. The structure is pretty simple since we don’t need to conjugate the verb sembrare. We just say sembra che and add the subjunctive.

Of course, the verb sembrare can also be in the past and might be preceded by pronouns mi, ti, gli, le, ci, vi, gli.

As we said in previous lessons, we can use sembrare with the four types of subjunctive: the presente,imperfetto, passato, and trapassato.

Now, let’s look at examples with the four of them.

How to use sembra che + congiuntivo presente?

Sembra che lei abbia ragione.

It seems like she’s right.

Non mi sembra che tu stia bene.

It doesn’t seem to me that you’re fine.

Sembra che loro vogliano andare in Germania.

It seems that they want to go to Germany.

How to use sembra che + congiuntivo imperfetto?

Sembrava che tu volessi andare via.

It seemed that you wanted to go away.

Non mi sembra che voi steste bene.

It doesn’t seem to me that you were fine.

A me sinceramente sembrava che lui dicesse la verità.

Honestly, it seemed to me that he was saying the truth.

How to use sembra che + congiuntivo passato?

Sembra che Antonella e Marco abbiano portato via tutto.

It seems that Antonella and Marco took everything away.

Non sembra che tu sia stato tanto gentile con lei.

It doesn’t seem that you were very nice to her.

Sembra che il cane abbia fatto un disastro.

It seems that the dog made a mess.

How to use sembra che + congiuntivo trapassato?

Sembrava che ti fossi divertita l’anno scorso.

It seemed that you had had fun last year.

Mi sembrava che avessero detto di no.

It seemed to me they had said no.

Ci sembrava che foste riusciti a finire il progetto.

It seemed to us that you had managed to finish the project.

Wanto to learn more?

Here are some more cases in which subjunctive is used. Learn how they work for becoming truly Italian!

In case that + Subjunctive

Magari + Subjunctive

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Prima che + Subjunctive

Nonostante + Subjunctive

Qualunque, chiunque, ovunque + Subjunctive

What is the subjunctive?

Is a verb tense for uniting subordinate and principal sentences with verbs expressing opinions, desires, hopes, doubts, hypotesis, etc

Sembra che + Congiuntivo passato

Sembra che + Essere or Avere Present Subjunctive + Past Participle

Sembra che + Congiuntivo trapassato

Sembra che + Avessi or Fossi + Past Participle

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