Questions regarding the subjunctive verb mood

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Example of future subjunctive?

I received an email suggesting that we do something: "next week, when we would have been" doing something else. Would you call this an example of future subjunctive? If not, then what? Perhaps ...
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Is it required to use a modal verb in the subjunctive mood?

Consider the following statement: If I were you, I would go to the doctor. As far as I know, a modal verb or a past tense can be interchangeably adopted to express the subjunctive mood. It seems,...
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Is that sentence correct? [on hold]

"How wouldn't you know what was going on?", is that correct? Or would you rather write "How wouldn't you know what is going on?" Is that a correct application of the subjunctive mood in the first ...
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Trouble with second conditional special usage

Lately, I have been asking myself if this sentence was possible: If it rained, I would stay at home. What do you think?
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subjunctive in a “non-if” hypothetical clause

I know that both the conditional sentences below are acceptable: If I were an animal, I would be a horse. If I was an animal, I would be a horse: But what about this? It would be unwise for a ...
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Why is “should” put in the following sentences?

It's strange that he should say so. She tiptoed lest the guard should hear her. It's crucial that she should have her own car. . I've seen those three sentences somewhere on the internet. I found ...
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Grammar “should it hold up”

I read a news about terrorist attack: Berger said Kobani, aside from being sole example cited, was a military-style operation, not a terrorist attack, so the formula, should it hold up, might ...
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Simple past vs. past subjunctive in 'if' clauses

I understand the usage of the past subjunctive but I'm confused whether I should use it in these kind of cases, because it sounds so stilted when I say it: 'If I [had/were to have] money, I'd go ...
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How to interpret “if it be” grammatically?

It looks to me a subjunctive form but not contemporary, so I would like to ask how this is properly interpreted gramatically. In the second conditional “if it were” it is clearly subjunctive, but ...
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Is 'need' in subjunctive mood in the statement “He need not consider that.”

In the statement "Should he need his coat I will bring it." the word "need" is subjunctive mood triggered by the word "should." In "He need not consider that" there is no triggering word but ...
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Use of weren't / wasn't [duplicate]

In "he waved a hand as if his mocking tone weren’t emphasis enough", should weren't be wasn't?
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What do we call the construct “would have done” when it is *not* conditional perfect.

I noticed that "would have been" is used sometimes not as a conditional perfect as in If you'd told me earlier, it would have been less disappointing. but more as a past subjective ...
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Use of subjunctive

Could you please help me understand why Simpson, in his Stylistics, uses subjunctive mood in the sentence below: "The second problem is about what would hapen should a phrase that did contain ...
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Using subjunctive form in Comparative-Correlatives

Is it possible to use subjunctive form in a comparative correlative (The+the) clause? For example, is the below sentence correct? The closer the objects be to each-other, the more beautiful the ...
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What does it mean to use the subjunctive after verbs of command?

I'm looking at this quote: Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat Thou pardon me my wrongs I came around this site: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.03.0080%...
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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct? [duplicate]

I have two sentences and I would like to know whether both are correct or one of them should be preferred over the other: The availability of sensors in many applications necessitates that the ...
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Is this the proper usage of the present subjunctive?

I'm trying to express the following idea: The constitution does not require that the president eat pizza for breakfast on national holidays. Is my conjugation of the verb "to eat" grammatically-...
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I recommend that “Company X adopt” vs “Company X adopts” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb form to use here? I recommend that Company X adopt Y. or I recommend that Company X adopts Y.
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Correct use of subjunctive

I am really curious about one thing;that is the use of the past simple when normally,a subjunctive should be used. For instance,here: "It is vital that he should go to school" or "It is vital that he ...
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Meaning of “Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell…” by Robert Scott

It is an excerpt from Capt. Robert Falcon Scott letter "To: my widow" which he wrote while dying in Antarctic: "Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and ...
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would have been sitting/would have sat

I would have been sitting there if I hadn't been working. I would have sat there if I hadn't been working. Which usage is correct "would have been sitting/would have sat"?
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Question about Present Perfect Subjunctive. Is it required?

Suppose that a dog is required by the terms of his doghouse arrest to maintain shaggy fur. May I write: The condition that Fido have shaggy fur is restrictive. I believe that this is a form of ...
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Why is there a lack of use of the subjunctive mood in this section?

I was reading a novel called Pilgrim and on page 85, I stumbled upon the following: It was as though the little cage of the elevator was a miniature stage—and its operator a stage manager. In ...
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Usage of “you should”

I found this message at a game. Players should know that Klei is not able to help you should issues arise while using mods. What is this you should ? I can understand it with replacing should ...
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When do we use subjunctive after “unless”?

In this sentence: The body will not be kept comfortable unless the air be maintained at a temperature higher than necessary. Why did the author use "be maintained"? When do we use subjunctive ...
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Is President Obama's disuse of the subjunctive defensible?

In today's NYTimes op-ed, no lesser an authority on English language usage than President Obama says: They include making sure that anybody engaged in the business of selling firearms conducts ...
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present or subjunctive

In the sentence "the tradition wants that it be always the same person who handles the teapot" (where "be" is a subjunctive), I was wondering if "handles" should not be replaced by the subjunctive "...
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What if there were a song that (is/were) about cars?

I've been wondering about this sentence: What if there were a song that is about cars? I know that the first verb there should be in the subjunctive (were) because it follows the word "if", but ...
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The Future Perfect Subjunctive

Can anyone tell me what's all this hype about? People consider the following sentence to be the future perfect subjunctive. There is no future perfect subjunctive in English and neither there is in ...
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Which one is correct and in which situation? [closed]

If I had seen you, of course I would have talked to you If I saw you, I would talk to you. Also, why do we use past perfect to describe an incident that didn't happen. Sorry, if these sound ...
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Correct form of verb after “I wish” [duplicate]

What is correct form: I wish I were a king. or I wish I was a king. I need some explanation.
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Subjunctive Mood in Second Conditional - Inversion

The sentence If I were you, I wouldn't do this One can add emphasis to the sentence, by saying Were I you, I wouldn't do this However, I noticed that in everyday English people tend not ...
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Subjunctive use

Consider the phrase "A necessary condition to achieve good marks is that you be hardworking". Or even "Another necessary condition to achieve good marks is that the teacher be sensible." Is the ...
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Degree of Potentiality: Would vs. Should: Which indicates a greater possibility?

People in my new workplace hold that "should" is less definitive than "would," for e.g., in the sentence: Commodity prices could be depressed in 2016 due to oversupply, which should pressure power ...
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“If I were to go” vs “If I had gone”

If I were to go there then I would have been injured. If I had gone there then I would have been injured. Is the usage of sentence 1 correct? And do both these sentences mean same?
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“specify” or “specifies”? [duplicate]

I have seen both "(Something) requires that one specify how.." and "(Something) requires that one specifies how.." used in various contexts. Which is grammatically correct? My sense is that the former ...
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Use of conditional tense/sujunctive mood

I am discussing with a friend (over email) the pros and cons of various interview styles. At some point in the email I write: "Ideally the candidate will demonstrate X." Then in the next ...
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Which is right: “It is ordered that X supersede/supersedes Y” [duplicate]

Which one of the two sentences is correct: It is hereby ordered that Order 456 supersede Order 123. It is hereby ordered that Order 456 supersedes Order 123.
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Is this the right use of the word 'lest' in this sentence?

The dictionary software 'WordWeb', when searched for the word 'lest' shows this as one of the sentence examples under the meaning 'In case' : "he worried lest he should be late." Now, I have even ...
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Use of subjunctive with ‘concern that’

Some interpreters have expressed concern that Charles oscillate[s] between. . . . Does anyone think this use of the subjunctive is wrong? Or does anyone have parallel exemplary examples (præferably ...
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usage in subjunctive and indicative mood

I was reading about the subjunctive in Dr Wheeler's Grammar Website {Carson-Newman University} and I'd like to ask about the following: For example: I suggest that John arrive on Tuesdays this ...
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Subjective use of believe

I said: "I believe he know me." But that was marked wrong. The right answer should be: "I believe he knows me." But if I remember correctly about subjunctive structure, after verbs like hope, believe, ...
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Past or present in: “Why was it imporant that he rub” / “Why was it important that he rubbed” [closed]

(1) Why was it important that Andrew rub the robot with grease? (2) Why was it important that Andrew rubbed the robot with grease? Are both acceptable? Is there a nuance suggested by one which isn't ...
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Could you explain this construction? [duplicate]

What is the construction be + verb (perfect form)? I have come across it multiple times in legalese. For instance: to ensure that every person be granted adequate assistance
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confusing Subject-Verb Agreement in one quote

what though life conspire to cheat you I think this quote has a wrong part. I know Singular subjects need singular verbs; so should the verb "conspire" agree to the subject "life" like "conspires"?...
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“It wouldn't surprise me if it” + subjunctive

'It wouldn't surprise me if it [was/were] true.' Recently I have become interested in the use of the subjunctive mood in English; however, I am not entirely familiar with it yet. Should the above ...
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The police officer ordered the gunman (to) drop his weapon

(1) The police officer ordered that the gunman drop his weapon. (2) The police officer ordered the gunman to drop his weapon. I think these mean virtually the same. Perhaps, the act of ordering ...
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But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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“It's (high) time” vs. other uses of the past subjunctive

The most common usage of the past subjunctive is in counterfactual if statements: If I were you, I would eat more vegetables. Additionally, statements starting with "it's (high) time" are also ...
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If someone says “They insisted that he left”, is there any ambiguity in BrE or in AmE?

Do they mean something like "please go! You must leave!" or could it be "We assure you that he left"?