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Asked • 07/17/20

What is the subjunctive mood?

The concept of the subjunctive is difficult in English because it is not have a distinctive form as it does in other languages, such as Spanish.

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David M.

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This seems to be a really masterful explanation! It occurs to me that students complain that in English the subjunctive makes no sense, and also that the word "please" makes no sense. "Please" is in the subjunctive though, isn't it, as in "May it please the Court"?
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07/19/20

David M.

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An English version of #4 with subjunctive: "It seems strange that it should be so warm this December!"
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07/19/20

David M.

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Technically use of a modal, I guess, but otherwise we stray into pirate territory. "December be warm...arrrr."
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07/19/20

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