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For example

"Look, I've got to get going. I'm due in a meeting in about twenty minutes. We'll talk tonight."

-"You say that, but we won't. We won't talk. We don't know how to talk anymore."

I think "You say that" is a present subjunctive because a modal verb seems to be implied between "You and say".

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  • It's not subjunctive. "Say" is present tense, not a plain (infinitive) form. – BillJ Jun 11 '19 at 12:21
  • @BillJ I'm struggling hard to understand the feeling of "You say that". This expression does not grow on me even though "He says that, but we won't" sounds perfectly natural. – GKK Jun 11 '19 at 12:53
  • It's just the 2nd-sing form of "say". – BillJ Jun 11 '19 at 13:10
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    @Floret He says that, but he won't. I say that, but I won't. We say that, but we won't. You say that but you won't. The particular subject (pronoun) used doesn't change the general construction of the sentence or its sense. – Jason Bassford Jun 11 '19 at 19:43
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Sounds perfectly indicative to me.

Cut out the rest of the sentence, and you have "You say that". "You" is the subject, "say" is the verb, and "that" is a direct object pronoun referring to the earlier sentence spoken. Of course, the sentence is correct anyway.

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  • I'm struggling hard to understand the feeling of "You say that". This expression does not grow on me even though "He says that, but we won't" sounds perfectly natural. – GKK Jun 11 '19 at 12:53

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