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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Subjunctive Usage in Saving Private Ryan Sniper Warning

When Caparzo (Vin Diesel) gets shot by a sniper, the American sniper yells out a loud advice "I wouldn't venture out there fellas." and then " The sniper's got talent." /having ...
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A question about a sentence using a past tense

I tried to write a sentence like the following. I have thought that I were similar to the older man after seeing him. I wonder if it is grammatically correct and idiomatic, or conveys a subjunctive ...
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If joe is out of town, he hasn't heard the news

The Little, Brown Handbook 9th ed section 14i has Not all clauses beginning with 'if' express conditions contrary to fact. In the sentence "If Joe is out of town, he hasn't heard the news," ...
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I suggested that she [buy / bought] a car?

From p. 68 of English Grammar in Use 5th edition: Jane won the lottery. I suggested that she buy a car. I suggested that she bought a car. Do the two sentences mean the same? If not, what's the ...
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Could this part of the sentence 'If on that day, everything were as usual' be inverted as 'On that day, were everything as usual' and so on?

I'm making present sentences I like to practice my subjunctive mood. Several of the continuous sentences like that: If on that day, everything were as usual... If only he never came into my life... ...
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Is 'the mix of subjunctive and indicative mood' possible?

If the main clause is in the subjunctive mood, we have to use the past verb in the subordinate clause in order to shift the whole sentence in some hypothetical dimension, right? But in the following ...
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the tense of "wishing it would ring" in a sentence stating a past event

In my opinion, wishing it would ring would be used when talking about the present, not the past, just as the following sentence. He wishes the phone would ring. However, I saw the below sentence in ...
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Which is correct - were or was?

The sentence reads: However, if we were great friends with someone who committed murder or robbed a store, we wouldn’t question whether murder or stealing were bad. Is this correct or should it be &...
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Is the subjunctive mood used here?

This is from a Washington Post article. Patrick Boehler, head of digital strategy at Radio Free Europe, said CrowdTangle data showed that independent news stories in the Russian language worldwide ...
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Is this sentence correct gramatically , especially " be excluded"? [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct grammatically, especially "be excluded"? It is surprising how Nenad Lalovich violates Olympic Charter and ignores the IOC recommending athletes from Russia and ...
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Why is bare infinitive used here?

This is the sentence, and I am not sure why 'be' is used here: The industry understood how important it was historically that smoking be accepted as a public behavior. Early in the twentieth century, ...
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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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semantic difference between" had wished to " and " wish to have + past participle "

She had wished to marry him. She wished to have married him. I know these two sentences are semantically different, but I'm not sure what the exact difference is.
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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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If I have a lot of money, I would buy the house. vs. If I had a lot of money, I would buy the house.(indicative vs. subjunctive)

If I have a lot of money, I would buy the house. If I had a lot of money, I would buy the house. What's the difference of the two sentences and which one is more widely used among native English ...
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If I was there, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now.(indicative or subjunctive usage) [closed]

If I was there yesterday, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now. If I had been there yesterday, I am not alive now or I would not be alive now. Which one between 1 and 2 is more widely used ...
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I wish I knew in my 20’s vs I wish I had known in my 20’s

I am a little confused with the usage of I wish structure. I understand that when speaking about present we use I wish + Past Simple while speaking about past we say I wish + Past Perfect So I don’t ...
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"if you didn’t use imaginary numbers, the planes would have crashed."

This is an excerpt from the transcript of a podcast. DU SAUTOY: One of the most extraordinary is that when we were trying to land planes using radar, it turned out the computers just weren’t fast ...
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Would it be alright if I [present tense/ past tense]?

I heard native speakers use present tense in the following sentence. Would it be alright if I take a rain check?Would it be alright if I call you Annie? But I think the correct grammar is took and ...
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Why is sometimes "he were" used (instead of "he was")? [duplicate]

In school we learned that the past tense of "to be" for "he" is "was". But now I stumbled upon the following phrase on the internet: He wishes he were born rich. Why is ...
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Are the following translations of the sentences using "thought" and "think" correct?

I think that usage of the words "think" and "thought" is the most difficult in English grammar. Even though I watched several videos and searched the internet, I am unable to ...
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Even if the sun were to rise in the west, I love you

I came across a sentence in my textbook: If the sun were to rise in the west, I would never tell a lie. And I also found a Japanese webpage that says Even if the sun were to rise in the west, I ...
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the use of "if we are to believe" and "if we were to believe"

Consider the following sentence. This is an exercise from a grammar book, the portion in bold is the answer to a blank. if we are to believe the media hype, the world should have ended several times ...
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I am afraid vs I was afraid

After a playdate, would you, Taro's parent, say: I was afraid that Taro might make himself a nuisance to you. Or I am afraid that Taro might have made himself a nuisance to you. What's the ...
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The subjunctive mood in indirect speech

"...There was no point in worrying Mrs Dursley, she always got so upset at any mention of her sister. He didn't blame her - if he'd had a sister like that... but all the same, those people in ...
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"What would you do if it were possible" Part of Speech

"What would you do if it were possible" Is it appropriate to call this a "second conditional" AND a past subjunctive?
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Suppose that + subjunctive mood

I want to say: consider this hypothetical condition to be true. Suppose that these two numbers are equal. (indicative) Suppose that these two numbers be equal. (subjunctive) Which one is correct?
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Rewriting "He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination."

Rewrite the following sentence: He doesn't study hard, so he can fail the examination. If ......... And the answer is: If he studied hard, he wouldn't fail the exam. Can I write the sentence as ...
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Would/Do you mind?

After would/do you mind, which of the following is correct (for each 3 of them)? Would you mind if she come/comes +...? Would you mind me to tell/telling +...? Would you mind if I leave/left +...? ...
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Always were or were always?

If I always were there, I would see everything. If I were always there, I would see everything. What difference does the position of "always" make for this kind of sentence?
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How to know if sentence containing would/could is not a conditional sentence

Do we always use could would in conditional sentences? 1.I would love to go there. 2.It could rain. 3.That would be Daniel. Are all the above sentences 2nd conditionals? How to distinguish between ...
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Insist (that) something should be done

Fowler reads You can insist that something be done (subjunctive with that optionally omitted) or that something should be done. Isn't that also optional in the version with should then?
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Who do you think you are that you should...? [closed]

What's the function of "that" in the following sentences? How do you analyze it? Who do you think you are that you should talk to me like that? Who are you that you should talk to me like ...
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The use of "was" in a question

So, I'm currently working on something and simply cannot get my head around one specific question. Apart from the fact that I could easily paraphrase the question, I was wondering if the use of "...
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Which mood should I use in here?

1a) If he not lose the tomorrow's competition, he will be the champion. 1b) If he win the tomorrow's competition, he will be the champion. 2a) If he does not lose the tomorrow's competition, he will ...
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Proper usage of subjunctive in sentence

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? I would highly recommend the GEMS school to restrict the usage of public transportation for field trips. or I would highly recommend GEMS ...
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Question about subjunctives in formal text

I am in the process of writing my dissertation (in maths/physics), and for some reason constructions like these come naturally to me: We impose that the background be symmetric. We also require that ...
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Subjunctive mood and conditional

I've seen read a lil bit about subjunctive mood. And the present subjunctive mood works like this: am -> be "I demand that I be available". I often see wishes like that: "I wish, I ...
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Is this past subjunctive or is this a grammar error?

The women behaved as if they had realized that they had the courage to fight the men off. Do you always use the past subjunctive in formal writing like here? Is this even the past subjunctive, or can ...
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I'd barely said my name before he (have/had) slapped me

Consider the following three sentences: I'd barely said my name before he slapped me. I'd barely said my name before he had slapped me. I'd barely said my name before he have slapped me. Is there ...
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Usage of conditional constructions

I'm from India where English is not a native language. Generally here we use constructions like "Should you work hard?" and "Had I done it?" in interrogative sense. But now I find ...
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Usage of UNLESS

What's wrong with this sentence? Unless we had reduced the price, no one would have bought it. My teacher said it's wrong and the correct sentence is the following one. If we hadn't reduced the ...
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Let's agree on this so that we might/may go home early

MIGHT (used with another phrase or clause to express the condition, purpose, or result of something): Let's agree on this so that (as a result) we might/may go home early https://www.wordreference.com/...
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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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Tensed verb in Subjunctive Clause

Subjunctive Clause calls for a plain verb form to be used as predicate. It still can be realized via «should» and even with the Tensed Verb (number and person indication). Though in two latter cases, ...
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Agree followed by the subjunctive mood

Is it possible to use subjunctive with AGREE like this? Everybody agreed that the appointment take place the next day. I hear that it's not something usual. But is it really wrong? I hanker to know ...
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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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If he were to cancel the deal tomorrow, I would be devastated

If they were to cancel the deal tomorrow, I would be devastated. If they canceled the deal tomorrow, I would be devastated. If he were to cancel the deal tomorrow, I would be devastated. If he ...
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'Since' with subjunctive past perfect

Suppose the following statement is true for one person. I have lived in the US since I was five, so I speak English naturally. Another person wishes it were true for him, and says: If I had lived ...
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subjunctive - "there were" or "there was"?

Is it: Naturally, she assumed that once there was a new film everybody would be eager to go and see it. Or: Naturally, she assumed that once there were a new film everybody would be eager to go and ...
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