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“That … is” or “that … be” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? Simple question, should you say "what matters most is that the merger is successful" or: "what matters ...
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English Subjunctive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? Why is it that in the English language, the past subjunctive is the same as the past indicative for all ...
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Use of “were” (subjunctive) [duplicate]

I'd like to know if the use of were is correct in the sentence below or if it should be replaced with was: As if X weren't hard enough already, companies now face the challenge to deliver Y. For ...
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“If a huge quake was to hit” — what is it grammatically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? I am reading an article and wondering about this sentence: How to react if a huge quake was to hit ...
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Do we always use “were” with the 3rd person in imaginary situations? [duplicate]

Do we always use were with the 3rd person in imaginary situations? If only she were here ... If only she was here ... Are we supposed to use were every time there is an if in the beginning ...
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Future tense in conditional clauses

All the textbooks I have ever come across during the course of my studying English emphasize that future tense should not be used in conditional clauses. For example, If it rains in the evening, ...
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“He recommended that they are separated” - is this valid?

I've seen and heard this kind of construction several times now and it always bugs me. When someone recommends something, surely the verb used in the subclause should be infinitive, so: He ...
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“Important that John bring/brings” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? Given the sentence John brings his lunch to school, is it correct to say It is important that John brings his lunch to school (...
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“Wasn't” vs “weren't” [duplicate]

Which one would be correct? I wish it weren't raining today. I wish it wasn't raining today. I wish it were raining today. I wish it was raining today.
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“If it was” or “if it were”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct? Should I say "If I were [something]" or "If I was [something]?" This came up ...
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Correct usage of was/were on the object of a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Wasn't” vs “weren't” On a Tuesday morning, which of these sentences is the better way to express that I already want it to be Friday? I ...
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“If I were” or “If I was”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct? “Was” versus “were”—word usage in Stack Overflow Ad ...
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“Was” and “were”, which is correct in this context? Can a mood be established in a terminating clause?

I'm not sure I understand what establishes a mood. Does a sentence have to establish a mood at the begining or can a mood be established in a clause at the end? And, that's if he could get elected ...
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Is there a different grammatical term for “If I was” than for “If I were”?

Many people would say the correct form is "If I were rich ...". In modern colloquial English though most younger people would say "If I was rich ...". Prescriptivists might say the latter is "the ...
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Complete sentence: Is the subjunctive mood suitable for this case?

The worst that can happen is that he fail/fails/would fail/will fail the exam. Which of these is (or are) correct? In Spanish, the subjunctive mood would be used, is the case similar in English?

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