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Generally, we specify the subject for emphasis. Using your examples: Soy alto (inteligente, moreno, etc.) In this sentence, I am specifying one of my characteristics, which are the important part of the sentence. I don't need to specify the subject, since it is inferred from the verb. Yo soy alto (inteligente, moreno, etc.) Subtly different: once ...


A good reference grammar will give you all the rules. I like "A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish: Fifth Edition" (Butt and Benjamin, 2011). The way B&B define the conjugations, there are only 23 irregular verbs. For example, it will tell you that the imperfect subjunctive can be derived from the third-person-singular preterite. Another source you ...

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