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.
These made their subjunctive in am, a termination which properly becomes the mute e of French.Avril|H. Belloc
After a verb of wishing, the subjunctive is regularly used in the dependent clause.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
We ceased all caressing tone, and changed the subjunctive mood for the imperative.Around The Tea-Table|T. De Witt Talmage
For the imperative we use the subjunctive without conjunction and generally without subject.Esperanto: Hearings before the Committee on Education|Richard Bartholdt and A. Christen
The perfect and pluperfect subjunctives are of course formed by means of the subjunctive present and past tenses of "have."Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
British Dictionary definitions for subjunctive
- the subjunctive mood
- a verb in this mood
Word Origin for subjunctive
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.
Culture definitions for subjunctive
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.”