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Questions tagged [subjunctives]

A traditional term for the use of finite verbs uninflected for number or person with commands, wishes, suggestions, and hypothetical or counterfactual propositions. The 'present subjunctive' is the plain/infinitive form of the verb; the 'past subjunctive' is the general past form of the verb.

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If ai ever wanted to travel to M87, all I'd need was/would be

When talking about hypothetical scenario such as this: If I ever wanted to travel to galaxy M87, all I'd need would be/was/is a time machine. Which one is the best option among would be/was/is here? ...
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Difference between 'should do this' & 'should have to do this'

I am confused between You should do this and You should have to do this Can anyone explain difference between these sentences.
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guess or subjunctive mood?

In this quotation: Theseus was a great hero to the people of Athens. When he returned home after a war, the ship that had carried him and his men was so treasured that the townspeople preserved it ...
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Which is the correct word to use: “I'll rather” or “I'd rather”?

I want to write a sentence to a friend indicating that instead of looking at the one thing, it's better to look at something else. Do I say, "I'd rather" or I'll rather" look?
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Should I use subjunctive mood when I'm writing a document?

the subjunctive mood is used to explore conditional or imaginary situations. I want to write, When it is processing task-A, it would frequently use the XXX resource. It seems like an ...
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Be glory to God or vice versa

In the phrase 'Glory be to God' the use of 'be' is in place of 'is' or is it a subjunctive? In full it is: Glory should be to God. OR Glory is to God. If it is 'is' then what if we place 'be' ...
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Difference between 'should have a place to live' & 'should need a place to live'

I am confused between I should have a place to live and I should need a place to live Can anyone explain difference between these sentences.
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Subjunctive 'were' in concrete sentence

I need help. Can I use 'were' here. The condition the speaker has is not an illness. If it wasn't for the spiritual practice that initiated it I would be convinced that it were(?) a serious ...
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“What do you have me do?” or “What do you have me TO do?”

"What do you have me do?" or perhaps "What do you have me to do?" Which one is correct and could you please anyone tell me the meaning of the phrase? Thanks
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What does “you should mention that” on this context?

I am watching and learning the Thor’s Ragnarok movie and in the beginning of the movie Thor: I thought my father killed you, half a million years ago? Surtur: I cannot die, not until I fulfil ...
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Why “had” in “[something] we would have made had we used [something]”?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 SHFs simulate the errors we would have made had we used this forecasting method at those points in the past. The meaning I could understand is ...
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Sense of the second “were” in this line of When I Survey

I was listening to this the other day and was wondering if this was grammatically correct. Were the whole realm of nature mine... I'm OK with this one; the realm isn't mine and likely never will ...
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Should I use “was” or “were” in “as though he was frightened”?

I have seen a sentence and there was: He acted strangely, as though he was frightened. Is "was" right for this sentence? Or must there be "WERE".
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Can you emphasize the present subjunctive with “do”?

The present subjunctive is seen in this example taken from the NYT: The country demanded that Boeing pay a $1 billion penalty for the manufacturing delays in India’s 27-plane order. The verb 'pay'...
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I could take her

From Child Protective Service (David): I take it Bill told you about Callie? Lena: Yes David: Yes, well, it seems that she has been having a few issues with male authority figures, of ...
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What's the grammar's rule right down or can it just be a writer's misprint?

The air grew denser and what little light the sliver of moon above provided, diminished as though IT WERE BEING sucked deep into the ground with no escape. What's the grammar's rule right down or can ...
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Usage of “Should” With Subjunctive or Without Subjunctive

What is meaning of "should" in these sentences? What are differences from other usages of "should"? It's funny that you should say that. I was going to say the same thing. It's only natural ...
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I could buy it yesterday, wrong?

I just learned that I should not say: I could buy it yesterday. but rather use “was able” or “could have”. At the same time, I have just seen a sentence: He could help me but he did not. That is ...
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Does this sentence make sense? - would expect to receive

Could someone please check if the following sentence makes sense/correct? As discussed earlier, there is one more video in the pipeline you would expect to receive by the end of September. It ...
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Is there a subjunctive tense in English?

The following sentence come from The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by J.B. Lippincott: Unless there be some lesion of the stomach, there is no blood, either microscopic or occult. Is "...
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Subjunctive Mood — Correct use in the following:

The street native may be a vendor, from whom the street participant purchase. Is the second clause correct? I mean for the "street participant," just as the "street native," to be understood as a ...
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Why would you do that

Sam: Can I get you something? Austin: Do you know what bugs me? Sam: People taking your order? Austin: No. Taking people’s order. Sam: Why would you do that? Austin: Hah. You ...
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Is “If I was just counting the number of people” apt in this context?

Rui: Hey, Momo. Um, do you have plenty of experience being in relationships? Momo: Did you hear that from someone? I wouldn't call it plenty, but If I was just counting the number of people......
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If I were you, I would + verb (same expression in the present tense) [closed]

I would like to know the exact form of the following structure in the present tense: If I were you, I would + verb Thanks in advance.
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Why does the author use “would ask” instead of “asked” in this passage?

I stumbled upon this paragraph. ... the phone felt sticky with sweat against her ear. Her hand seemed glued to the receiver. There were papers spread out on the floor in front of her because she ...
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Do natives say “I'll be happy to be proven otherwise”?

While I'll be happy to be proven otherwise, it should be pretty clear by now that no such thing exists. Do native speakers say "I'll be happy to be proven otherwise" ?
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Like I would care if you have hair or not!

Katie: Alexa, I saw a lot of your hair in my ski hat. A lot. Alexa: So why are you so mad! I'm the one who is losing my hair. Katie: I'm your best friend. You should have told me what was ...
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What is the grammar of “be passed down”

By insisting that the benefits be passed down the supply chain, it intends to reduce the retail price to only 20 to 50 cents. My question is that what is the grammar of "be passed down".
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was or were in conditional clauses [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "was" or "were" should be used in the main clause of the following: If there were a 200-story office building without an elevator, those whose office was / were on the ...
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Unless with present subjunctive

Is this sentence correct? Is it possible to use present subjunctive? You won't learn English unless it (should) be important for you. I have come across this one as well. The native protein is ...
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Would have past participle

I have learnt a usage of "would have" past participle is that, it is used to explain past feeling that I wanted to do but could not. But this below sentence written in news paper is not matching ...
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Would have been … had been

I am writing an essay and would appreciate a little help with the language. Social science is the knowledge (about the world) that would not have existed had human not existed. Social science ...
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“if we are to” VS “if we were to”

If we are to meet the Paris climate goals, the use of fossil-based materials must be quickly reduced and replaced with renewable materials. If we were to meet the Paris climate goals, the use of ...
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Why 'should' is used in “Most unfortunate that it should happen on Christmas day”?

"Most unfortunate that it should happen on Christmas day." I'm wondering why 'should' is used in the sentence. Any difference from: Most unfortunate that it happened/happens on Christmas day.?
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would make or would have made?

Suppose the following sentence occurs in a context about a lawsuit, and in the the first sentence of the paragraph that follows, the Supreme Court revoked the ruling. In other words, the ruling isn't ...
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Would and will in the context

I would like to know why is the would used in the following paragraph. If certain, we could have used will and if not may. It is from the editorial section of a newspaper. India's ease of doing ...
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when to use these two sentences

I would prefer that she do that and I would prefer that she did that Why one is present subjunctive do and the other past simple did
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subjunctife or infinitive what is the difference?

Is there a difference in the meaning between: I would prefer you to do that. I would prefer that you do that. (more polite)
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Lest + it + subjunctive mood

As far as I know, "lest" should always be used with subjunctive mood, yet I find the following sentence quite unnatural, though it satisfies the rule: We should publish a critique on this method, ...
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Subjunctive mood _ ''Were'' vs '' Be''

Subjunctive mood can be made by ''were'' and ''be'' E.g a)İt is important that they be aware of the provisions of the act. b)Sally wishes she were taller. İs it possible to make sentence b in ...
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tense of the main clause with “if only”

Which tense should be used in the main clause of the following? We tend / would tend to view the earth as capable of regulating itself, if only humans would stop interfering with it. I'd ...
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All I want/ask is that everybody is/be kind

I would like to ask as to the difference between the sentences below in terms of formality; AmE or BrE; and meaning, if any. As far as I know the sentences are in subjunctive form and both are correct....
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In case +subjunctive /mandatory?

I am really confused about this. My teacher tells me that after "in case" I always have to use subjunctive and this is the only acceptable form. For example : "Take a coat in case it should get ...
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why thinks with an s with it is important that

It is important to remember that Janine (think) very differently from you. She may not agree to the changes you have made in the organization of the company. the answer is thinks why not think isn'...
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Subjunctive in if clause

I have a question about the use of the subjunctive in if clauses. I usually use grammarly as a grammar checker and ran into following problem: I wrote: If he stay at home, he would die. Grammarly ...
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'I wish I met her now .' Is this correct?

Sometimes 'wish' subjuctive makes me(non-native speaker) confused. So, which is correct? I live here, she lives abroad. Somthing happend now, so I want to talk to her. In this situation: a. I wish I ...
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How to use verb “have” as a subjunctive?

Which one is correct? I recommend him, have his teeth looked at by a dentist. I recommend him, has his teeth looked at by a dentist. First of all, something that confused me is that it appears that ...
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Which is more appropriate , “was” or “were” and why?

If I were you and was ... Or, If I were you and were... Google results show that the former is correct but hypothetical statements use "were". I'm confused between the two sentences.
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is the “were” in the following sentence past simple tense or subjunctive mood

I encountered this sentence while wasting my time on twitter. Literally no one would believe warm words about McCain from Trump were sincere so he’s better off not even making a pretense. Assuming ...
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He could do it if he wanted/wants to

I've recently asked the question on Quora which sentence is correct He could do it if he wanted to or He could do it if he wants to and got answered that the first one is correct and the ...