Questions tagged [irrealis-mood]

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“But the idea that someone might be arming the Seam would never have been allowed” — why “would have”?

From The Hunger Games: My bow is a rarity, crafted by my father along with a few others that I keep well hidden in the woods, carefully wrapped in waterproof covers. My father could have made good ...
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I should have done this. VS I should have been to do this

I should have done this. I should have been done this. I should have been to do this. I have not too much idea about english but I want to know that, grammatically above sentences are correct ...
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“The irrealis mood form is unique to be, and limited to the 1st and 3rd person singular”

"The irrealis mood form is unique to be, and limited to the 1st and 3rd person singular” Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge University ...
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Could 'it' be regarded as plural? Why is 'were' used instead of 'is' in “…if it were cleaned and fed…”?

I am reading 'Justice' from M.J. Sandel and he quoted the story from another author to criticize utilitarian as follows: If the child were brought up into the sunlight out of the vile place, if it ...
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Role of 'would'

I know that 'would' has different usages, for requests, conditionals, habitual actions in the past, talking about the future in the past, willingness in the past, being less direct, etc. Which role ...
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Does using the third conditional make this argument circular?

I was wondering which conditional would be appropriate in the following argument. There's no evidence to support the opposition's claim that a black hole resulted from the supernova. Furthermore, ...
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Does a “double yes” mean surprise or impatience?

In my post here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44643775/how-can-i-write-multi-line-code-in-the-terminal-use-python/44643976#44643976 I answer my own question, there is a comment here: Yes ...
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Grammatical mood of “loved” in the following sentence

in the following sentence second clause has conditional mood. but what about first clause (subjunctive or indicative?). If you loved me you would support me.
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“had been” vs “was”

I was reading an English textbook, in which it is given some examples of "the subjunctive mood". Here is one: If only Tessa had been here yesterday. I am unable to understand why they use past ...
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“As if it is”: why indicative and not subjunctive?

Please take a look at the following quotation: My view is that multiculturalism was ALWAYS the wrong policy. It's the wrong policy because it promotes all foreign cultures while simultaneously ...
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Conditional / why we put pp after if?

Yep, all these men keep laughing because it looks like rape and sexual assault. If I personally would have seen that. I would have punched that dude in mouth. That dog has seen its last days. Just ...
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What should I use “can” or “could”?

I am stucking at "can" and "could" definition in my words sentence.What should i use? [Like ebay Auction rule] 1.You are responsible to pay the charges within 7 days after won. If not,you couldn't ...
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What does “would” mean in this case?

Here is the piece from one of the books from the video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion: However, a guild is different than a band. A guild implies an organization with membership rolls. It ...
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Does English have the subjunctive aspect

My language is Persian and I think we have an aspect which is absent in English, or maybe I am wrong. In a conversation I wrote this sentence Then you mean it is not important that I be the first ...
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Second Conditional vs. Third Conditional

Zero and First conditional shows something will happen in certain degree ,but I don't get about Second Conditional and Third Conditional. Both of them are impossible and unreal, what is the ...
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The Subjunctive in Past “as If” Sentences

I'd like to know how to use the subjunctive mood (if that's how it's called) when describing an unreal situation in the past. Should I use the Past Perfect, like in the past unreal conditional, or the ...
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have to be able to swim / were to be able to swim

You have to be able to swim to attend the pool. This sentence is grammatical. If all were to be able to swim, all could attend the pool. This sentence is not. But how to explain it from the ...
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Parse these three “could have + past participle” constructions

The following parts are taken from PEU1 122.7 & 123.5: Could have + past participle is sometimes used to talk about past events which are not certain to have happened (like may/might have- ...