- the subjunctive mood or mode.
- a verb in the subjunctive mood or form.
Origin of subjunctive
Examples from the Web for subjunctive
Yeah, yeah, Chris said; or something like that—not buying my equivocation and pressing on with the subjunctive.Would My Father Have Voted for Obama?
May 12, 2009
These events are all in the uncertain future, and are put in the subjunctive.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
And the rest as the subjunctive or imperfect of gwîl with the infinitive.
There is some confusion in modern Cornish about the subjunctive or fifth tense.
This tense is seldom used as an auxiliary, and is often confused with the subjunctive.
Not all poets were as strict as Ovid in using the subjunctive in indirect questions.
- grammar denoting a mood of verbs used when the content of the clause is being doubted, supposed, feared true, etc, rather than being asserted. The rules for its use and the range of meanings it may possess vary considerably from language to language. In the following sentence, were is in the subjunctiveI'd think very seriously about that if I were you Compare indicative
- the subjunctive mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin and History for subjunctive
1520s, "mood employed to denote an action or state as conceived and not as a fact," from Late Latin subjunctivus "serving to join, connecting," from past participle stem of subjungere "to append, add at the end, place under," from sub "under" (see sub-) + jungere "to join" (see jugular). The Latin modus subjunctivus probably is a grammarians' loan-translation of Greek hypotaktike enklisis "subordinated," so called because the Greek subjunctive mood is used almost exclusively in subordinate clauses.
A grammatical form of verbs implying hypothetical action or condition. Subjunctives are italicized in these sentences: “If Mr. Stafford were [not “was”] fluent in French, he could communicate with his employees more effectively”; “If Sheila had been here, she would have helped us with our math.”