If she be found guilty… (YBM #8)
I got a curiosity what difference there is when I put ‘is’ instead of ‘be.’ The dictionary says ‘is’ is used in spoken language. Is that all? Is there no semantic difference at all?
This is a remnant of the old subjunctive, which is no longer used in Standard English conditionals outside of historicizing contexts. You may freely substitute either a simple present or should be—except, of course, in quotations: