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Arrested Development #3

Context: Michael is yelling at (scolding) his mother.

English: I don’t want you charging any more of your personal expenses to the company.

Spanish: Ya no quiero que cargues tus gastos personales a la compañía

ISSUE #1: WHY THE SUBJUNCTIVE?

When you DON’T want somebody to do something, that’s still a desire!

A desire they DON’T do something.

That’s why, “I don’t want you charging...” would be “no quiero que CARGUES...” (“cargar” in the subjunctive).

Affirmative/negative statements are an issue in the subjunctive, but not with desires.

All desires for somebody else to do something (or not to do something) use the subjunctive.

ISSUE #2: GASTOS = EXPENSES

The verb “gastar” means “to spend”.

So it’s not surprising (and kinda nice) that “gastos” are “expenses”.

VOCAB

gastar = to spend

gastos = expenses

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