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This tag is for questions about the present subjunctive in English. A frequently encountered grammar point for learners, the English present subjunctive occurs in that clauses and describes a desired or intended outcome. For questions about sentences such as "I ask she go home," this tag should be used.

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What is the difference between subjunctive and indicative mood?

I have two sentences: If the distance between the two points is the same, no further experiments will be necessary. If the distance between the two points be the same, no further experiments will be ...
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What’s the mood of “wish” in I wish sentences?

So, I have a task to identify the mood of bold verbs. As I understand “wish” in such sentences isn’t included in the Subjunctive mood? Pls help if I’m wrong I wish you would pay attention. (wish – ...
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The omission of 'should' in the present subjunctive clauses or other clauses

For example, 1. Lee urged that Mara Bianchi (should) be promoted to export manager. (command) 2. Alice recommended that a sales representative (should) be sent to South Africa. (advice) 3. Alice ...
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"It is important that he studies every day." or "It is important that he study every day"

I learnt that some words such as important requires the subjunctive. Therefore, "He studies every day." becomes "he study every day" after "important", which results in &...
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The past subjunctive form of be is consistently were, even when was would otherwise be the form

Merriam-Webster says The Subjunctive Mood with "Be" and "Were" “The subjunctive is most noticeable with the common but grammatically complicated verb be. In the present ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? (he *suggested* Anna *uses* ... when negotiating a sale.)

I came across a sentence from BBC English at work. The video is an English lesson, in which a male character has just suggested some phrases that "Anna" can use to negotiate a price with a ...
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Subjunctive Mood while using present tense

The Girl seems as if she is about to faint. Source: Heat Lightening (PLAY) It is I think general rule to use past tense to talk about an unreal situation of the present event. But contrary to the ...
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The subjunctive mood can be used freely for any hypothetical situation or is limited to some verbs and phrases?

Is it correct to use the subjunctive mood like this: "The description would be the one the user assign". I ask because it is said that the subjunctive mood is mostly used with certain ...
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Some Unnatural Instances of Present Subjunctive Uses

As far as I know, the present subjunctive is used in subordinate clauses that follow verbs expressing a desire, a demand, a recommendation, or a resolve. However, I came across the following examples ...
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Difference between these sentences

a. The journalist demanded that the minister resigned. b. The journalist demanded that the minister resign. c. The journalist demanded that the minister should resign. Is there any difference in ...
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Pray and Hope That

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 ...
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Should I use get or got?

My sister and I vowed to study English hard when we got back to the U.S. (this family is traveling across the world) At first glance, I thought the vowing process in that sentence occurred after they ...
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Subjunctive rules

Rule: The past subjunctive has the same form as the Past Simple tense except in the case of verb be. I cannot understand what it means. If there are two verbs in a sentence be ( auxiliary verb) and a ...
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Subjunctive mood in Present tense

I have recently learned about subjunctive mood. I am very confused about it. Consider these sentences If he were driving, we would have reached the town by now. If he were to drive, we would reach ...
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Present subjunctive: Verb tense after when

I have seen two related questions. This one here has an answer trying to give some general explanation, but I don't understand it well. Let me try with a simple example: Text me back when you (be) ...
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"I hope this email finds you well" [duplicate]

Check the following sentence I hope this email finds you well Isn't it expressing a desire and therefore find should be in the subjunctive mood and therefore drop the third person "s"? I ...
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Subjunctive vs Gerund

It is necessary that she work on the weekend. She working on the weekend is necessary. I kmow first sentence is subjunctive and second sentence has gerund. But, Are both sentences correct? If ...
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Usage of subjunctive mood

1) I wish he were kinder to me. 2) I wish he would be kinder to me. What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?
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