the subjunctive mood or mode.
a verb in the subjunctive mood or form.
- sub·junc·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use subjunctive in a sentence
Yeah, yeah, Chris said; or something like that—not buying my equivocation and pressing on with the subjunctive.
Gossip in all its moods and tenses, from the vague indicative of mere innuendo, to the full subjunctive of open defamation!The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II) | Charles James Lever
The subjunctive is made by prefixing the word kishpin, meaning if.Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820 | Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
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 subjunctive, having but one form, in a sentence where there are two verbs is used as the second verb.History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1 | George W. Williams
In the first and third (sometimes even in the second) it is replaced by the subjunctive.The Mafulu | Robert W. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for subjunctive
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 subjunctive: I'd think very seriously about that if I were you Compare indicative
the subjunctive mood
a verb in this mood
- Abbreviation: subj
- subjunctively, adverb
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Cultural 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.”
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