Pastime: Using the Subjunctive in English

by David

I never knew the subjunctive existed or what it was until studying Spanish. And after learning the Spanish subjunctive mood, I learned that English still has vestiges of the subjunctive. Now, one of my favorite pastimes is to use the grammatically correct, but somewhat unusual subjunctive in English, especially declining to join the two clauses with “that” and chuckling within when my interlocutors give me a wary “literary” look.

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03.Oct.2008 - 8:34 am

I use the subjunctive in English. If I were you, I’d encourage

05.Oct.2008 - 1:00 pm

Nice drawings 🙂

07.Oct.2008 - 6:39 pm

@Poli, yes I try to encourage the subjunctive. I like it!

@Jessica, Thanks!

11.Oct.2008 - 9:09 pm

If I get it correctly from the drawing, the subjunctive is used to express:
– A hypothetical situation,
– An “or else” command,
– A requirement,
– A request, or
– A subjective observation.

David, please help me on this.


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