Uses of Subjunctive

In English language, the subjunctive is used to structure sentences that do not explain known facts. These types of sentences include someone’s desire, opinion, belief, intention and motive. Besides, the subjunctive mood is also used to form statements that are imaginary and contrary to a fact. These statements are often seen in dependent clauses. The subjunctive is usually visible in some forms and tenses. It is the rare form of verb that is used to convey a suggestion, a wish or command that is different from the fact. Let us see some examples of verbs in the subjunctive mood:

•    The management decided that the proposal be passed instantly. (Here, proposal is passed becomes proposal be passed)
•    Shelly said it was important that Rachel guard the jewelry box. (Here, Rachel guards becomes Rachel guard)
•    The professor asked that Johan submit his assignments before the end of the month. (Here, Johan submits becomes Johan submit)
•    The sports teacher insists that his students be on time. (Here, students are on time becomes students be on time)
•    It is essential that the exam begin early (Here exam begins becomes exam begin)

Rules to Use Subjunctive

Subjunctive is used in a sentence after certain verbs that are mentioned below:

•    To desire (that)
•    To recommend (that)
•    To ask (that)
•    To suggest (that)
•    To urge (that)
•    To advise (that)
•    To insist (that)
•    To request (that)
•    To demand (that)
•    To propose (that)
•    To command (that)

Expressions Used before the Subjunctive

The subjunctive is generally used after some expressions that are listed below:

•    It is recommended (that)
•    It is imperative (that)
•    It is crucial (that)
•    It is a bad idea (that)
•    It is vital (that)
•    It is important (that)
•    It is urgent (that)
•    It is a good idea (that)
•    It is essential (that)
•    It is best (that)
•    It is desirable (that)

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