Are the following sentences grammatical if I don't know whether "he" is doing well or not right now?

  • I pray he be doing well now

  • I hope he be doing well now

I know the verb 'hope' is used with indicative mood in Modern English but I have seen it can take subjunctive as well.

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I see that you are trying to use a subjunctive. Unfortunately this makes you sound like someone from 200 years ago, or in particular it makes you sound like a "Pirate of the Caribbean". Modern English doesn't have much use for subjunctive:

I pray that he's doing well now

I hope he's doing well now.

  • I know they are rare but i just wanted to know if they are grammatically correct
    – Help Me911
    Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 14:11
  • Not correct, not in modern English.
    – James K
    Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 14:16
  • Maybe "grammatical" in some strict academic sense, but to our modern ears they sound verrry strange and wrong. James K is correct. It sounds like the way we imagine people spoke long ago - 200 years or more.
    – Lorel C.
    Commented Jun 13, 2021 at 14:16

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