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Tagrid S.
Spanish Tutor since 2014. Living and Studying in London
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Subject: SAT II Spanish

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I'm practicing for my SAT II Spanish. What's the difference between Subjunctive and Indicative? Thanks.

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Tagrid S.
Answer:

Hi there! The subjunctive is one of the three moods in Spanish, the other two being the indicative (actions, events, facts) and the imperative (commands). Moods reflect how the speaker feels about an action while a tense refers to when an action takes place. The subjunctive mood is used to express desires, doubts, the unknown, the abstract, and emotions, which is the opposite of the indicative mood which is used to express actions, events, and states that are believed to be true and concrete. Most of the tenses you (probably) have learned so far have been in the indicative mood; however, the subjunctive mood includes many of the same verb tenses, but not all, in three different time periods: Past, present and future. ie. Subjunctive: I doubt Daniel studies Spanish (Dudo que Daniel estudie español) The introduction of doubt makes it impossible to present the statement that Daniel studies Spanish as an objective fact. ie. Indicative: Daniel estudies Spanish (Daniel estudia español) This states an objective fact that Daniel studies Spanish.

Subject: Spanish

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I have some nouns and I have to use the correct possessive adjetive, I need some explaining please! Libro Libros Casa Casas Carro Carros And the options are: Mi, Mis, Nuestro/as, Nuestro/a, Su, Sus.

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Tagrid S.
Answer:

Sometimes, you need to explain to whom something belongs. Possessive adjectives do just that by indicating which person possesses or owns a certain entity that is identified by the noun, rather than the noun itself. And like all adjectives in Spanish, the possessive adjective must match the noun it describes in gender and if it is plural or singular (the number), when neccesary. I will tell you two examples and then you can try on your own, then if you need my help I'm here for you. Mi libro (singular, masculine). "Mi" is the possessive adjetive here, you have to use "Mi" instead of "Mis" because it's one book, so it's singular. Nuestras Casas (plural, feminine) "Nuestras" is the possessive adjetive here, you have to use "Nuestras" instead of "Nuestra, Nuestro, or Nuestros" because there are two or more houses, and house in spanish is feminine.

Subject: Psychology

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What type of attention corresponds to the cocktail party effect?

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Tagrid S.
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The cocktail party effect refers to our ability to focus our attention on a particular person’s voice amongst other voices and background noise. It was named like this because the cognitive scientist Colin Cherry realized that when people are at a party has the ability to hear one person conversation despite all the general noise. There are 4 types of attention: Sustained, Selective, Alternating and Divided. Selective attention is the one that our brain uses in the cocktail party effect, because it selects what you want to hear.

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