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# Doubt with Subjunctive mood

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Hi Guys,

Can somebody please clear my doubt regarding the Subjunctive mood

In the following sentence :

We could start the meeting if SAM was here.

What is wrong and why please explain?????

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Re: Doubt with Subjunctive mood [#permalink]

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31 Dec 2012, 02:13
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This sentence is in hypothetical subjunctive mood. This mood indicates unlikely or unreal conditions and always uses "were" as "to be" form.
e.g. If I were a rich man, I would buy my own Ferrari.
Here I am just talking about things I wish would happen or talking about what would happen if things were different from what they actually are -> hence hypothetical.

By far the most common use of the hypothetical subjunctive is the use of the subjunctive after "if" clauses that describes a hypothetical situation.

In the example given by you. The correct wording should be:
We could start the meeting if SAM were here.
This situation is hypothetical because SAM is not present at the meeting.
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Re: Doubt with Subjunctive mood [#permalink]

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08 Jan 2013, 12:53
PraPon wrote:
This sentence is in hypothetical subjunctive mood. This mood indicates unlikely or unreal conditions and always uses "were" as "to be" form.
e.g. If I were a rich man, I would buy my own Ferrari.
Here I am just talking about things I wish would happen or talking about what would happen if things were different from what they actually are -> hence hypothetical.

By far the most common use of the hypothetical subjunctive is the use of the subjunctive after "if" clauses that describes a hypothetical situation.

In the example given by you. The correct wording should be:
We could start the meeting if SAM were here.
This situation is hypothetical because SAM is not present at the meeting.

Thanks so much for the clarification
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Abhinav

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Re: Doubt with Subjunctive mood [#permalink]

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13 Jul 2016, 00:24
what is the difference between the IF-Then Second conditional verb and hypothetical subjunctive?

eg.
1. If I was promoted ,I would buy everyone a beer.(2nd conditional)
2.If I were promoted,I would buy everyone a beer.(hypothetical subjunctive)

Or is stat#1 wrong?

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