I had exam and they asked: I would go to the library every day, if I ____ you.


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I came to know upon reading that question was in subjunctive mood. So, my question is

what is the difference between subjunctive mood and conditional statement?

  • possible duplicate
    – Ubi.B
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 9:00
  • A conditional statement has two parts, a condition and a result (protasis/apodosis). The subjunctive mood can be used in a variety of situations for a variety of purposes. A statement with the subjunctive mood can be a conditional, or not. A conditional statement can use the subjunctive mood, or not. These are two orthogonal things.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 9:04
  • "If you answer my question, I will be happy" is an example of a conditional with no subjunctive. "I demand that my question be answered" is an example of subjunctive with no conditional.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 9:07
  • The up votes makes me suspect there are others who might appreciate an answer to the question :D
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 10:52
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    See also: English Language Learners Good Luck.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 31, 2018 at 10:54