Grammar Aquarium


The Subjunctive


English has three main forms or moods.
The indicative, the imperative and the subjunctive.

The indicative asks questions or states facts, the imperative gives commands or requests and the subjunctive, which refers to possibilities.


The subjunctive will use the root or stem of the verb and is more noticeable when using the third person singular.

For example, I suggest that she accept our terms.

Note that the verb form would normally be ‘accepts’.

Remember, the subjunctive is often used to emphasise urgency or importance and can sound very formal.


Your Turn…

1. What are the main forms or moods of a sentence?
Bad, angry and happy
Funny, silly and giddy
Indicative, Imperative and subjunctive

2. What is the subjunctive?
A form used to express possibilities
A form used to apply for jobs
A form used to encourage description

3. When is it more obvious that the subjunctive is being used?
When using the second person plural
When using the third person singular
When using the first person plural

4. How does the subjunctive make a sentence sound?
More formal or urgent
More informal
More like a question

5. Which sentence is using the subjunctive?
I suggest he view the papers.
Look at the papers!
Where are the papers?

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