Questions regarding the subjunctive verb mood

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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they ...
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Sentence structure of “It is time we found out”

I've heard in a lot of movies they use this format : "It is time we found out" Now I would like to know if the sentence " It is time we find out " incorrect and why we are using a past tense in the ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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Using the present tense to write about future events as future events

I'm an undergraduate student. Today, I was writing an email to my department's undergrad adviser to request a meeting to discuss what I will study next year. When I began to write the email, I wrote ...
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“We are requesting that all deaths be recorded.” vs 'We are requesting that all deaths will be recorded." [duplicate]

"We are requesting that all deaths be recorded." vs 'We are requesting that all deaths will be recorded." I've corrected this sentence by taking out the 'will' but can't articulate exactly why a want ...
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Is this subjunctive?

The following is a part of a Lucy Kellaway's column in FT.com. Why do estate agents still exist? Travel agents are gone — or going. Estate agents, who were hated long before Tim Berners-Lee gave ...
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I was wondering if it WAS / WERE [duplicate]

I'm very doubtful about the use of the subjunctive mood in this particular case. I wrote "I was wondering if it were correct" and someone said it's wrong because I should've used "was" instead of ...
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Should the subjunctive form have been used in this sentence?

I read this in a Facebook post today: "If his participation in the Kardashian circus wasn't already a sign that he were mentally ill, then this is the slam dunk." I would be grateful if ...
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How to correctly express the subjunctive mood in future tense?

1. If the sun rise in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 2. If the sun rises in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 3. If the sun rose in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 4. If ...
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the use of “were to” to mean “suppose” or “imagine”

Is it okay to use the counterfactual subjuntive verb phrase, "were to" with the present tense of a main clause? I thought that "if subject + were to + verb" should be used with "would" or "could" in a ...
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Subjunctive that has no subject? [duplicate]

Like it or not, . . . (Whether you like it or not) I've come across this kind of phrase many times, but this is the only one--among no-subject subjunctives--that I can be sure it's common and right ...
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Present or Past?

In this sentence: "It might be relaxing if you read a book" - why is the verb 'read' in past tense? Why isn't the verb 'read' in past tense with this example: "Why not read a book?" I'm just trying ...
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Subtle difference between “I insist he be punished” and “I insist he should be punished”?

I insist he be punished. and I insist he should be punished. What's the SUBTLE difference between them?
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“will” vs. “would” in conditional clauses [closed]

What's the difference between the following: If he is in the US now, he would be in New York. If he is in the US now, he will be in New York. Does #2 necessarily mean that he will be in ...
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“There were lots to do” vs “There was lots to do…”: is the backward existential still used?

I read in a book: There were lots to do on the farm: feeding the hens, collecting the eggs, going on a hay ride, visiting the ducks. To me it seemed odd, that it should have been "There was ...
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It Is Imperative That You Be Not Afraid?

A question closed recently as proofreading asked about the grammaticality of the following subjunctive statement: They suggested that the washing machine not be put in that place. To my ear, that ...
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'Might' is the subjunctive inflection of 'may'; was there ever a subjunctive inflection of 'must'?

I acknowledge that there is no subjunctive mood in English. However, there are variants of some words that we might regard as subjunctive variants. For example, 'might' is the, if you will, ...
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“to require someone to do something” vs “to require that someone do something”

Professor required his students to return their papers typed. vs Professor required that his students return their papers typed. Which of the examples is correct? Do they have ...
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Can “wonder if” be followed by a subjunctive clause only?

In the book A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, I've noticed the use of the subjunctive mood after wonder if: In truth, he had scarcely considered the mudmen at all, beyond eyeing Meera ...
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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Question on use of subjunctive [duplicate]

In the classic American children's show Spongebob Squarepants, one line in the theme song goes like this: If nautical nonsense be something you wish and it is then followed by the chorus. My ...
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Unreal Conditional and Subjunctive [duplicate]

I have read that in using unreal conditionals, irrespective of personal pronouns, it mandatory to use subjunctives to form verbs. " If Jack was playing they would probably win " - if I am correct, ...
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'that' + (pro)noun + infinitive: what grammar is behind such construct? [duplicate]

While reading a technical book, I stumbled upon the following sentence: It is important [that all Java programmers be fully versed in, and comfortable with, the traditional approach]. For me, ...
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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against ...
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What's the truth about the subjunctive and conditional statements, anyway?

I have generally (I would say always, but I'm not sure I always thought this) supposed that in English, uses of the subjunctive are quite limited. They include desires, judgments, etc. ("I desire that ...
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Use of subjunctive form

I know that when you introduce a statement with 'if,' you are speaking in the subjunctive and therefore use 'were' instead of 'was' (e.g., "If I were to do this thing, something else would happen."). ...
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Subjunctive mood - what is the tense of the verb following a conjunction?

Which verb is correct? If the world were perfect, workers would wear respirators even when dust levels were/are low. "If the world were perfect" is an impossible condition/situation, which makes ...
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Which is correct “was” or“ were”? [duplicate]

It's hard to imagine a pine tree wishing it was an oak. It's hard to imagine a pine tree wishing it were an oak. Which is correct sentence?
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“When he come we will eat” or “When he comes we will eat” [closed]

Which is the right way to say it? In Spanish we use Present Subjunctive in this case (Cuando el venga comeremos), but I don't know in English.
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How to rationalise the putative 'should'?

Why not simply use the English present subjunctive? Why use and thus complicate 'should' wits its many other meanings? How else can I rationalise the putative 'should', though I heed the Etymological ...
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Subjunctive usage

I wanted to know whether this sentence is correct: The author, being aware of the money to be earned by ecranizations of books, helped to write the scenarios for movies based on his stories. ...
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Use of subjunctive in Britain vs North America

Why has much UK writing abandoned the use of the subjunctive? I see phrases such as: "It is important that his writing is comprehensible." rather than, "It is important that his ...
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Does good grammar offend?

I'm not a grammar nazi in my native language, and SURELY nor in the language I learn (English). And I think, when a person is expressing thoughts, he or she shouldn't think about grammatical ...
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“Let it will be” [closed]

"Let it be" is an easy phrase to understand and to use. It's widely used and it's a set phrase, so it's hard to make mistake here. Why would a native speaker say "Let it will be"? Is it the same ...
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What does “be it” mean in this passage?

What does be it mean in this context and what kind of sentence is this? (grammatically) There is no one in our society who is not ethnocentric to some degree, no matter how liberal and open-minded ...
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Past Subjunctive vs Future Subjunctive form

What is the difference among the three sentences: If i were to play, i would win the match. (Depicts future tense) If i were to play, i would have won the match. (Depicts past tense) If i were ...
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How do I describe the change adding “to be” makes to a verb

I tutor student in SAT Reading. One of the SAT tests has the following sentence: "With their dark dungeons and damp living quarters, medieval castles offered few of the comforts to be found in ...
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Usage of the subjunctive mood for yet-to-complete events

I am aware of this question, but it and its answers either are not what I need to know, or are so broad on the subject I could not figure out the exact situation I am confused about. What I need to ...
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Is the subjunctive mood something that can exist without manifesting a change in the verb?

Is the subjunctive mood a condition which might not be expressed through any change in the verb, or is it a description that only applies when the verb changes? For example: "Mary ought be here ...
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Use of subjunctive in English (and other languages alike) [closed]

I first learned about the subjunctive mood in my Spanish class. The main purpose of subjunctive is to express doubt and uncertainty, what I learned in class. I have posted about subjunctive in ...
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Odd British pluperfect subjunctive construction?

I read this sentence in the Guardian today, and I couldn't figure out if it was an error or a regionalism. (I did, however, figure out that I don't know my grammar too well!) [the mid-18th ...
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“As if it weren't bad enough”: meaning and subjunctive mood?

This is a sentence from a preface of book: As if it weren’t bad enough that I wrote my first book during our first year of marriage, I wrote this book during our first year of parenthood. Although ...
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“If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon…”

There is an old quotation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the ...
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Purpose of Subjunctive Past [duplicate]

What is exactly a subjunctive past? When do we use it? Could anyone please give some examples of the occasions we use the Subjunctive Past?
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Is there such a thing as a “past subjunctive”?

Is there really such a thing as a “past subjunctive” in English? I actually learned the term “past subjunctive” from my Spanish class. From what I already know, the subjunctive is used with ...
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Using the subjunctive without “that”

One purpose of that is to “express a wish or regret.” Even so, can that be removed from the following sentence and still leave it OK? It is crucial that you be there before Tom arrives.
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Is “I would understand everything you said if you said it in Portuguese” correct?

"I would understand everything you said if you said it in Portuguese." Is it any kind of conditional? And if it is, can you tell me which one? As I wrote this I had the feeling that it ...
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What's the correct form of the negative subjunctive?

It is essential that [some parameter] be not reset during the day. (1) It is essential that [some parameter] not be reset during the day. (2) Which one is the correct form? I do know the ...
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Do “it is time for someone to do something” and “it is time someone did something” mean the same thing?

I know that It is time (understood: for the speaker or for a group of people including the speaker) to do something. and It is time I or we did something. do not mean the same thing: the first is ...
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Subjunctive “what be”

[1] "I don't know what is the best vehicle for that." [2] "I don't know what would be the best vehicle for that." [3] "I don't know what be the best vehicle for that." My ear says [2] ...