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# Are these quotes from Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair' subjunctive?

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27 Jan 2019, 18:44
I was reading Vanity Fair last night and came across two sentences (Chapter: Struggles and Trials) that seem wrong to me. I don't know if this is worthy of being posted in the verbal section so I've put it here.

Quote:
So Amelia learned to know every one of the boys in that school as well as Georgy himself: and of nights she used to help him in his exercises and puzzle her little head over his lessons as eagerly as if she was herself going in the morning into the presence of the master.

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Nor could she: but she acceded to their overtures with a very heavy and suspicious heart, was always uneasy during the child's absence from her, and welcomed him back as if he was rescued out of some danger.

Her going to the lessons is contrary to fact. Him being rescued from danger is contrary to fact. So both should be 'were' not 'was'?

Also, are all sentences containing as if in the subjunctive mood?
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27 Jan 2019, 22:11
philipssonicare wrote:
I was reading Vanity Fair last night and came across two sentences (Chapter: Struggles and Trials) that seem wrong to me. I don't know if this is worthy of being posted in the verbal section so I've put it here.

Quote:
So Amelia learned to know every one of the boys in that school as well as Georgy himself: and of nights she used to help him in his exercises and puzzle her little head over his lessons as eagerly as if she was herself going in the morning into the presence of the master.

Quote:
Nor could she: but she acceded to their overtures with a very heavy and suspicious heart, was always uneasy during the child's absence from her, and welcomed him back as if he was rescued out of some danger.

Her going to the lessons is contrary to fact. Him being rescued from danger is contrary to fact. So both should be 'were' not 'was'?

Also, are all sentences containing as if in the subjunctive mood?

I think that both sentences should contain plural verbs.
Any sentence, which contains a wish or hypothesis should use subjunctive mood.
You can refer to this link.

https://grammarist.com/grammar/subjunctive-mood/

As said in the link above, most authors forgo to use it.
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28 Jan 2019, 05:33
I was reading this week's Economist
https://www.economist.com/asia/2019/01/ ... university

Quote:
Instead of defending them, Mr Kumar has acted as if the university was indeed in need of more patriotic spirit and discipline.

Another as if with was. I'm very much thinking I'm missing something
Re: Are these quotes from Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair' subjunctive?   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2019, 05:33
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# Are these quotes from Thackeray's 'Vanity Fair' subjunctive?

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