Questions regarding the subjunctive verb mood

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Do “it is time for someone to do something” and “it is time someone did something” mean the same thing? [duplicate]

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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Are these two sentences in the passive form correct?

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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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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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" ...
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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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“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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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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What tense is “If I were a bird, I could fly”

The sentence is not referring to any time past, present of future. It's just referring to an imaginary condition which has never existed and seemingly will never exist. Still, the sentence and other ...
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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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“If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct?

My question of whether to use if I was or if I were. Which one is incorrect or nonstandard?
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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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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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Can “I be” ever be considered correct?

I was just looking at the verb to be (here) and I saw the subjunctive form "I be". Other than pirates saying "I be looking for treasure" I couldn't think of a single usage of "I be". Not knowing what ...
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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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“I hope this computer work”?

Why is the phrase "I hope this computer work" unacceptable? The word "hope" makes the phrase subjunctive, so why isn't it correct to use the infinitive verb form?
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Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?”

How long will a man lie i' the earth ere he rot? The quoted line is Hamlet's. I wonder why the "rot" is not "rots".
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“If I would have lost you” vs “If I had lost you”

I watched a (Hollywood?) film the other day where a character visiting his just-hospitalised wife (who it seems will actually survive) says "If I would have lost you [I don't know what I'd do]". I'd ...
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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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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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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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How is the English Subjunctive Composed? [closed]

Yesterday, I read about the English subjunctive mood. I tried to, but couldn't, discern a concise conception of it. What do you regard as a useful and concise conception of the subjunctive mood?
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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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Behave as if it was or it were

You can place the script in the head or body as you like. The script will behave as if it was located exactly where you put the script tag in the document. The sentences above are taken from ...
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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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 ...
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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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“Small Latin and Less Greek”

About a third of the way through his poem "To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare and What He Hath Left Us," Ben Jonson writes: And though thou hadst small Latin and less ...
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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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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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… suggest that someone have [duplicate]

Q: Is the italicised verb form correct in this sentence? Jane's pale face suggested she could be ill: her parents suggested that she have a medical examination. A: The sentence is ...
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Correction for future in past text

Would it be correct to change this... "He agreed to those changes, but insisted that if the team do not reach the objective by the deadline, the company must commit to implement all the ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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Is “If you be…” correct? [duplicate]

Are the "If you be my everything..." and "If I be wrong" structures correct? Thank you for the answers!
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What is the opposite of 'subjunctive'?

Any verb has a mood, a voice and a tense. The mood will be indicative, imperative. infinitive etc. Voice will be either active or passive. Tense will be present, future, past,perfect,pluperfect, ...
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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 ...