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What is subjunctive mood?



Subjunctive mood is a mood that typically signals irrealis meanings, such as

  • potentiality
  • uncertainty
  • prediction
  • obligation, and
  • desire.

It most typically occurs in a subordinate clause, but may occur outside of one.

  Subjunctive mood is a kind of

Nida 1949 169


Pei and Gaynor 1954 205


Bybee 1985 186


Crystal 1980 338


Hartmann and Stork 1972 224


Lyons 1977b 817, 848


Mish 1991 1174

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