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My Notes : Subjunctive Mood

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What is mood?

mood refers to the speaker’s attitude or the manner of expression.


The subjunctive mood is used to express conditional or imaginary situations, meaning scenarios that are doubtful, hypothetical, or otherwise run contrary to fact.

Within this, there are two main categories for the subjunctive mood:
1. commands/suggestions (with a command verb + “that”),
2. hypotheticals/wishes (with “were”).

Category 1: Suggestions, Demands, and Necessity (With “That”)
The subjunctive mood is used to express suggestions and recommendations with the word “that”.

Format of this category:
Demand/Request/Recommend word + that + subject + subject verb
1. Verb must be plural.
2. 'Should' must not be used.
3. Verbs that come under this category: Demand, Dictate, Insist, Mandate, Propose, Recommend, Request, Stipulate, Suggest, Argue.
Note that this list is not exhausted.
4. Below verbs are not used for subjunctive. Means these will not use above format. 'That' will not be used, instead 'to verb' will be used. - advise, allow, forbid, persuade.
5. List of verbs that are either subjunctive or 'to verb': ask, beg, desire, intent, order, prefer, require, urge.
6. in subjunctive verb form only 'be' can be used in place of is, am, are.

Category 2: Hypotheticals and Wishes (With “Were”)

The subjunctive is also used to express hypotheticals, situations that are contrary to fact, and situations that are unlikely to come true. This usage employs “were,” and then sometimes “would”

External Links:

GMAT Grammar: The Subjunctive Mood
Subjunctive Mood on GMAT Sentence Correction
bb - Subjunctive and use of that with simple verb form
GMAT Verbal: Subjunctive
Subjunctive Mood GMAT Questions: 2 Rules You Must Know

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Subjunctive Mood on GMAT - Explained in 20 Mins | Experts' Global
GMAT Prep - Verbal - Sentence Correction - Subjunctive Mood by Knewton
GMAT Sentence Correction: Who's in the mood for the Subjunctive? by Master GMAT
GMAT Content::Sentence Correction - Subjunctives
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“Once you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

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