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Using Subjunctive Mood


The subjunctive mood indicates a hypothetical situation or expresses a wish, recommendation, or demand.

If it were me, I would focus on the purple flower.

       (In the subjunctive mood, the verb was becomes were.)

I suggest that Natalie paint a landscape of flowers.

       (The verb suggest in one clause activates the subjunctive verb paint in the other clause.)

Other verbs that commonly trigger the subjunctive mood include ask, demand, recommend, doubt, propose, require, and wish.

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