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What is the subjunctive?



Not a tense but a mood -  the subjunctive is one of the most complex grammatical forms. It is used to describe a wish or suggestion.

 If I were a rich man (but I am not) I would ....

The subjunctive is used with modal verbs (could, should etc). Some of the rules around it vary but the key one is that it takes the infinitive without 'to' in the present tense e.g You should be okay.


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  1. Thank you. You made it simple and clear!

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  2. Hi, thanks for this lesson on the subjunctive. I have to admit the subjunctive is one of the grammar items that are hard to grasp for learners. The way you presented it made it less complicated.

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