Reconocer Conjugation in Subjunctive Form

Instructor: Elena Sacramento Lechado

Elena has a PhD in linguistics from University of La Laguna (Spain). Currently, she teaches Spanish as a foreign language and creates teaching resources.

The Spanish verb 'reconocer' means 'to recognize,' but it has other meanings depending on the context. In this lesson, we study its subjunctive forms through different contextual examples.

Using the Verb Reconocer

When was the last time that someone recognized your hard work? How about the last time that you valued some other person's work? If you were wrong, would you admit it? To talk about this in Spanish, you'd need the verb reconocer (pronounced: reh-koh-noh-SEHR), which means 'to recognize,' but can also be used in the sense of 'to acknowledge or value someone's work' or 'to admit (a mistake).'

In the following sections, we'll take a look at its irregular conjugation in the present subjunctive, as well as the possible contexts and structures in which its forms can appear.

Present Subjunctive of Reconocer

The subjunctive is a set of verbal forms that we use to express subjective information, such as wishes, hope or possibilities, rather than factual information.

Reconocer is an irregular verb, so to form its present subjunctive, we need to take its irregular stem reconozc-, to which we'll add the following endings:

VERB: reconocer (reh-koh-noh-SEHR) - to recognize

Pronunciation Translation
yo reconozca (reh-koh-NOHS-kah) I recognize
reconozcas (reh-koh-NOHS-kahs) you recognize
reconozca (reh-koh-NOHS-kah) he/she recognizes
you (formal) recognize
reconozcamos (reh-koh-nohs-KAH-mohs) we recognize
reconozcáis (reh-koh-nohs-KIYS) you all recognize
reconozcan (reh-koh-NOHS-kahn) they recognize
you all recognize

Note: Spaniards use the form vosotros/as when addressing more than one person in an informal situation, and ustedes in formal contexts. In the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, everyone uses the form ustedes in any setting.

Uses & Examples of Reconocer in the Subjunctive

Now that you've learned its conjugation, let's see in which contexts you might find the subjunctive forms of the verb reconocer. To do this, we'll hear different examples of reconocer in a conversation between Isabel and her family.

Expressing Wishes

To express wishes or hope, you can use these expressions followed by a subjunctive form:

  • Espero que (I hope that)
  • Quiero que (I want that)
  • Ojalá (Hopefully/I hope)

Isabel is a volunteer at the animal shelter on weekends. Her mom is very proud of her and says:

  • Espero que la gente reconozca la importante labor que Isabel y sus compañeros están realizando. (I hope people will recognize the important work that Isabel and her coworkers are doing.)

Note: Bear in mind that la gente (the people) is singular in Spanish, so it must agree with a third person singular verbal form.

Isabel's dad, who expects that the city hall will help them improve the shelter, says:

  • Ojalá el ayuntamiento reconozca el trabajo hecho en el refugio. (Hopefully the city hall will recognize the work done at the shelter.)

Translation: I hope people will recognize the work they do at the shelter.

After Specific Expressions

There are certain words and expressions that trigger the use of the subjunctive. Some very common ones are:

  • Que (that)
  • Para que (so that)
  • Aunque (even though)

Isabel has two younger sisters, who sometimes argue for no reason. She tells them to apologize and make up. She says:

  • Es bueno que todos reconozcamos que estábamos equivocados en algún momento. (It's a good thing that we all recognize that we were wrong at some point.)

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