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Here There Be Dragons

The following is an excerpt from the August 12 New York Times. What does the headline “Here There Be Dragons” mean? Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists? KOMODO ...
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American English. Please help me identify the correct form of 'become' in the following sentence: [duplicate]

I'm sure we'd all rather I became a bit more self-sufficient. Using became feels right, but I would appreciate anyone who could explain what's going on grammatically here. I think become is in the ...
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Which would be appropriate accepts or accept

thanks in advance for answering the following question. I am trying to figure out which one would be correct. I am in process of writing documentation on a technical subject and I was asked to replace ...
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Make a guess about historic events

I am wondering what's the right structure to make a speculation about a past event. I have a GRE writing in which I've put forth a few speculations which could weaken the argument. I've tried to use a ...
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He promised him a noble title if Andalucia was/were conquered

I want to choose "were" because Andalucia hasn't been conquered yet - it's a hypothetical scenario calling for subjunctive. However, I see that "promised" is in past tense. If the sentence were: "He ...
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How did “to wish that” come to hate the present tense in the subordinate clauses it governs, and why is it alone in this?

Inspired by this earlier question, I've realized that we have no canonical question addressing the stranglely one-of-a-kind special grammatical rules demanded by the verb wish of its subordinate ...
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He wished he would have met her

I do know that the much better construction is "he wished he had met her a year before", but is the construction "he wished he would have met her a year before" acceptable?
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Difference between “I wish…<verb in past simple>” and “I wish…would+<verb infinitive>”

What is the difference of meaning between the 2 expressions below which use the subjunctive? I wish he didn't speak so loud. I wish he wouldn't speak so loud. I cannot see the difference between "I ...
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Is it correct to invert, “If I could fly, I would …” into, “Could I fly, I would …?”

I know that, "If he should ask about me, ..." can be inverted into, "Should he ask about me, ..." But I am not sure if it works to invert, "If I could fly, I would ..." into, "Could I fly, I would ...?...
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Ellipsis related to subjunctive mood? [closed]

You Sunk My Carrier: How the Navy Could Sink China's New Aircraft Carriers That means war. Here's how it goes down. by James Holmes National Interest.org Although It is certain that an event is ...
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What is the sense of “Only God judge me”

There is a wall near my house where this phrase has recently been graffitied - Only God judge me My reaction to this (!) has been to realise that most similarly-constructed phrases I can think of ...
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double negative - no one ~ who hadn't also

No one would want to be famous who hadn't also, somewhere in the past, been made to feel extremely insignificant. Is the sentence a double negative? Is "who" a relative pronoun which modifies "one"? ...
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“if they were” is real condition or hypothetical?

If he wasn't going on the camping, he would stay home. (he might go to the camping) If he weren't going on the camping, he would stay home. (he went to the camping and didn't stay home.) The first ...
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May I ask for a little clarification on subjunctive and bare infinitive?

I have just finished reading an extremely long thread on the above mentioned subjects on this site: (https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/demand-request-suggest-that-bare-infinitive-subjunctive-...
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Is this sentence right? If he had joined our team, we would win [closed]

Is thsi sentence right? If he had joined our team, we would win.
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How do I combine these 2 sentences by using the subjunctive mood?

I learned Chinese as a child. I can write Chinese now. If I want to combine these 2 sentences into one with the subjunctive mood, which sentence showed below is correct? If I hadn't had learned ...
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Why is “should” used in this phrase?

In a Catholic mass, this phrase is said: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. As a non-native English speaker, I find the ...
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it’s important that all of that body <is/be> supported by acid, tannins, or both [duplicate]

A Forbes article -- apparently written by an American -- titled "How To Tell If A Wine Will Age" has this passage: The other structural elements of body, alcohol, and sugar can also point to an age-...
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“was” as a past subjunctive

I'd like to know whether "was" should be treated as a subjunctive in the following: a. If there were a 20-story office building without an elevator, those whose office was on the 18th floor ...
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Past subjunctive

In the following sentence (from here), is it grammatical to use subjunctive were instead of are? As emphasized in a joke attributed to American philosopher Morris Raphael Cohen (1880–1947), logic ...
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A question about “as if”

I wonder whether the following sentence uses "as if" correctly. David makes a desk as if it were made by John. Does this sentence mean "David makes a desk which looks like one made by John"?
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Did English ever have a subjunctive mood?

Coming from this answer and comments under, I realized that all Germanic languages have only the present tense and the past tense. Many also have a full set of subjunctive moods. To reduce ambiguity, ...
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What’s the difference between using “would ᴠᴇʀʙ” and “would have ᴠᴇʀʙᴇᴅ” in the “then” part of conditionals?

Is there any difference between: If I were you, I would work harder. If I were you, I would have worked harder. And can we use was rather than were in both sentences?
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Is this imperative sentence wrong: “Make sure you wouldn't use the stairs”?

In making a list of school rules, one of my students wrote the sentence "Make sure you wouldn't use the stairs." I feel that using the imperative "Make sure" followed by the modal verb "would't" is ...
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It is important that they “are” or “be”?

I was reading Jeremy Harmer's book (how to teach), and i encountered the sentence "it is, therefore, especially important that they are both fully engaged with what is going on and also ready to ...
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I have a question regarding English Subjunctive mood

When I turn the sentence below into Subjunctive mood, which one is correct? ★Sentence I want to change : *He is sad as he does not know that the problem has been solved ★Changed sentences (Which ...
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If I was or If I were? Which one is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

If I wasn't single and I had a girlfriend. If I weren't single and I had a girlfriend. Could you explain the difference?
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Should 'be' or 'is' follow 'that'

Which is correct and why? 'a proposal that the resolution be adopted' or 'a proposal that the resolution is adopted'
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Is this use of “made” past tense or subjunctive tense?

I'm a senior Computer Engineering student, and I'm taking a required Ethics course this semester. We just wrote our first paper, and each of us had to grade the paper of another student in the class. ...
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Present Subjunctive differences

I am learning English and something hard (In my opinion) came up: Present subjunctive. I did a little of research and I came to know that we use this structure mainly for a suggestion, recommendation ...
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Was vs. Were in the Subjunctive Mood [duplicate]

I am having trouble identifying the difference between the use of was and were. For example: Sarah wishes she was/were more like mother. Would it be were? If it is were, why?
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Is the Subjunctive Mood always a conditional statement? [duplicate]

I had exam and they asked: I would go to the library every day, if I ____ you. Options: were was I came to know upon reading that question was in subjunctive mood. So, my question is what is the ...
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Why is “She requested that he raise his hand” the correct sentence, not “She requested that he had raised his hand”?

I'm reading about the subjunctive mood and i have trouble grasping the following sentence from https://data.grammarbook.com/blog. Examples: She requested that he raise his hand. I have understood ...
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Subjunctive mood (or not): If my girlfriend go/goes [closed]

I have been reading up on subjunctive mood, but I am having trouble seeing why this sentence is incorrect: "If my girlfriend go to bed, I will play with you." Here it is conditional, so could ...
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I wish my father “were having the stuff” or “was having the stuff”? [duplicate]

"I wish my father were having the stuff" or "I wish my father was having the stuff" .. "And what if I wish my father having the stuff", is that bring different time definition? Thank you..
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Past continuous in a subjunctive mood sentence

I was doing some reviewing of the subjunctive mood when I stumbled on this: In the that-clause, use a past tense form of the verb even if your sentence has a present or future meaning: I ...
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Your will be done or Your will will be done [closed]

So I have seen usages of "Your will be done" in the context when some higher authority is issuing orders but shouldn't it be "Your will will be done"? it makes more semantic sense than the former.
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Why is ‘I recommend her to speak to a lawyer’ wrong? [duplicate]

We'd recommend you to book your flight early. Students are recommended to make an appointment with a counselor. are correct, while I recommend her to speak to a lawyer. is wrong....
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“…We can only lose, and our love become a funeral pyre.” - distributed modal verb or subjunctive?

From The Doors, Light My Fire. The lines are: "Try now, we can only lose And our love become a funeral pyre." I would never hold their lyrics up as great writing, but I have always wondered exactly ...
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Usage of the subjunctive often? [duplicate]

I have studied English extensively, yet I haven't seen various forms of the subjunctive ever, for example the third person singular and the negative form. They sound so wrong in my ears. Are they (the ...
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Until + subjunctive [closed]

Help, please. I've been pondering on this sentece for half an hour: I was determined to continue until the truth was discovered Leave wordiness aside, does this convey the same meaning as "I was ...
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Can “some couldn't know” be used to console somebody?

A : "Hey pal, I don't think I can go on anymore. I feel people around me are much greater than me. I feel I'm useless and nobody cares about me." B : "Don't worry. It's okay. Some couldn't know." (= ...
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Is the subjunctive always a verb?

I need a bit of help with the subjunctive mood here. I was reading Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream when I came across this line. 'Weele rest vs Hermia, if you thinke it good' I was wondering ...
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Subjunctive questions

Do I need to add ‘that’? Is it neccesary? She demands that he go to the mall. She demands he go to the mall. Which one is proper? I thought that he was tired. I thought he were tired. There are ...
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Which is grammatically correct: “if someone was starving” or “if someone were starving”? [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: If someone was starving on an island If someone were starving on an island
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Subjunctive Mood/Mode Question

I am trying to understand subjunctive mood/mode. Would the following sentence be subjunctive? If I ever meet a sycophant, I will walk away.
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Which is more correct: “preferred that he do” or “preferred him to do”? [duplicate]

I would like to know which form of this question is “more correct” than the other: What would you have preferred (that) he do? What would you have preferred him to do?
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The omission of “should” in a clause sentence [duplicate]

I would like to ask if the sentence below is grammatically correct. If yes, could anyone that is familiar with this rule of usage explain how to use it and cover the complete usage? It's a matter ...
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Conditional clause

Yo, is this sentence correct? It's hard to find a guide that speaks directly to this use of the subjunctive: I realized that this issue needed more active contemplation, were I to find any closure. ...
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Can all base forms of verbs express wish?

My text book says that base form of verbs can make sentences whose meanings are wish, for example, in "God save the queen." or "Grammar be hanged." If the sentence's subject is third person and ...

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