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# Jimmy likes to play basketball as he were Michael Jordan

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Jimmy likes to play basketball as he were Michael Jordan, flying through the air and dunking the ball.
a) as he were Michael Jordan
b) as though he were Michael Jordan
c) like he were Michael Jordan
d) as though he was like Michael Jordan
e) as if he was like Michael Jordan

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18 Feb 2017, 12:33
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We need a hypothetical subjunctive verb "were' to describe an impossible phenomenon because Jimmy can never be MJ.

a) as he were Michael Jordan --- affirms that Jimmy is MJ -- wrong
b) as though he were Michael Jordan -- Correct hypothetical impossible phenomenon.
c) like he were Michael Jordan -- can't use like for a clause

d) as though he was like Michael Jordan -- the verb should be 'were'; It looks as if Jimmy is compared with MJ for physique rather than play.
e) as if he was like Michael Jordan- same problem as in D.

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09 Mar 2017, 04:58
There is no demand or request trigger word to use subjunctive verb in this sentence. How to identify to use subjunctive ver?
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11 Mar 2017, 05:19
vijaykvk wrote:
There is no demand or request trigger word to use subjunctive verb in this sentence. How to identify to use subjunctive ver?

It seems that you confused hypothetical subjunctive and command subjunctive. This is a case of hypothetical subjunctive, so demand / request does not come into question.

Moreover hypothetical subjunctive takes the simple past tense, but command subjunctive takes the verb in its raw form.

If I played, we would win.... Hypothetical subjunctive.
I suggest that you play.... Command subjunctive.
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28 Mar 2019, 08:21
Can you please explain the concept of subjunctive verb both command and hypothetical. Thanks in advance
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28 Mar 2019, 09:32
aaggarwal191 wrote:
Can you please explain the concept of subjunctive verb both command and hypothetical. Thanks in advance

Hi aaggarwal191, our book EducationAisle Sentence Correction Nirvana discusses hypothetical subjunctive, its application and examples in significant detail. If you or someone is interested, PM me your email-id; I can mail the corresponding section.
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Re: Jimmy likes to play basketball as he were Michael Jordan   [#permalink] 28 Mar 2019, 09:32
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