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What is subjunctive mood?

 

Definition
 

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.

Generic
  Subjunctive mood is a kind of
 
Sources
 

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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