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  • The meaning of "Subjunctive" in various phrases and sentences

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    2. @yukari520129: The answer to the question within your question would be past tense. Subjunctive in hypothetical, which means you would see words like, "I would" or "I wish".. I hope I gave you the information you were wanting; If not, feel free to let me know! :)

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    2. It's a grammatical term of some complexity and subtlety. It's important in some European languages, but not really something to worry about in modern English.

  • Example sentences using "Subjunctive"

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    2. It's important THAT HE BRING his driver's license and recent photo for the passport.

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    2. If I were a fish, I would swim to London. (present) If I had been a fish, I would have swum to London. (past) If I were a giant, I would live on a mountain. (present) If I had been a giant, I would have lived on a mountain. (Or, "I would have been living on a mountain".) (past)

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    2. I'm not a grammar expert, but the subjunctive is rarely used in English. Here's a great example of why. It sounds snotty. The second sentence says the same thing. Only a rich, quirky widower would use the first sentence. Ha.

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    2. I don't think that there is a difference. Although the second example you gave feels more natural to me. I would take both to mean the same.

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    2. It's a complex topic, even experts disagree. They are similar in such a way that there's a lot of overlap. I found this explanation online, as I don't feel comfortable putting these into my own words: The conditional mood involves statements in which the results or outcome are contingent (depend) on a given situation or condition, including, like the subjunctive, hypothetical situations. The certainty of the outcome can vary from absolutely certain (not always considered the "true" conditional) through generally, potentially, and rarely certain to contrary to fact (the unreal conditional). For example: If you take LSD you start to hallucinate. (Certain) When I feed my dog, he usually bites me. (Generally certain) If he were to arrive right now, we might have a chance to see him. (Hypothetical/uncertain). If I made lots of money, I would invest in gold (Contrary to fact). The subjunctive mood treats statements of emotion, wishing, uncertainty, and contrary to fact/hypothetical situations: I wish he were dead! May you always be prosperous! I wish I were in Figi, it is too cold here. Would that it were true!

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    2. According to an answer in the page linked below, the usage of "could" in the sentence you provided is correct. Plus, as I understand, for a sentence to be considered as subjunctive mood, there should be "if" or such kind of idioms such as "as though", "I wish ~" or at least the subordinative clause should be in an inverted form. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/122310/was-able-to-vs-could

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    2. Hi! I tried to correct it as best I could, and I tried my best to understand what you were trying to say. I hope this helps! I haven’t been to a cafe in a long time. For the last few months, I would go somewhere else. As always, I would get seafood sandwiches from Subway, then I’d order black coffee at the cafe. After watching funny TV programs, I would study English grammar units 110 to 116. Today, I learned about subjunctives. For example, “even if, in case” etc..!!! :) There were a lot of similar things !! I was thinking about how to use and when I should use these in sentences. I would study conversations skills then colloquial skills! Oh! Anyway, my pelvis (stomach?) was cold while I was studying.... um... and I'm gonna go to the movies to Sang-am-dong at 2:30. It's very warm as I'm wearing my dad's jacket, though it's not sensual (I’m not sure which word you were trying to use, but I don’t think this was it lol)! haha Thanks for reading :)

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    2. This website has a good explanation: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/qa/could-can-and-would I’ll just talk about your examples specifically. - “It could be / It can be” “He has the physique that could send a thousand female hearts aflutter.” In these cases, ‘could’ refers to a hypothesis or probable event. You almost surely believe that his physique has that effect. You don’t care if his physique actually sends a thousand hearts aflutter. You’re just saying that you think it does. ‘Can’ expresses ability. His physique is capable of sending a thousand hearts aflutter. This is a fact that is true regardless of what anyone thinks. - “In that case, I (would/will) take different approach.” ‘Would’ implies an imaginary situation. “In that case [an event that hasn’t happened], I would hypothetically do something.” ‘Will’ implies a real situation. “In that case [an event that happened or is imminent], I will definitely do something now or in the future.” - “Examples would (or will?) be greatly appreciated.“ I think this is related to politeness. Using ‘will’ makes it sound like an order, like you expect that examples will be given. Note that you used the passive voice. The difference might be clearer In the active voice: “i (would/will) greatly appreciate examples.” - Hope this helps!

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    2. Yeah, the "subjunctive mood" changes the conjugation of some verbs. "He does it" is correct, but "I recommend that he does it" isn't correct, you have to say "I recommend that he do it." You have to use the subjunctive mood with "to recommend that..." because the subjunctive mood is when something isn't in reality. He doesn't actually do it at this point in time, but it's recommended that he do it. The subjunctive mood doesn't show up in English a lot, it's not used in all the places where it should, and it's becoming out of use, so it's kind of just something you have to remember when to use. I think the most common instance of it being used is "to recommend that...", so keep this sentence structure in mind. This mood is prominent and consistently in other languages like French and stuff (je veux que tu le fasses). By the way, the explanation at the bottom is totally incorrect.

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    2. I don't know what you mean. The structure is poor. Do you have a subjunctive phrase with the word in it? If so, it might help to post that. I can think of a few instances that "latest" would work in that case. Subjunctive mood is mostly used with if/then statements. You also see a lot of "would" and "could" and I really don't see why "latest" could not be in any of these. But if your question was just about the sentence, you should just try again. too unclear.

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