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1subjunctive

adjective sub·junc·tive \səb-ˈjən(k)-tiv\

grammar : of or relating to the verb form that is used to express suggestions, wishes, uncertainty, possibility, etc.

Full Definition of SUBJUNCTIVE

:  of, relating to, or constituting a verb form or set of verb forms that represents a denoted act or state not as fact but as contingent or possible or viewed emotionally (as with doubt or desire) <the subjunctive mood>

Examples of SUBJUNCTIVE

  1. In I wish it were Friday, the verb were is in the subjunctive mood.

Origin of SUBJUNCTIVE

Late Latin subjunctivus, from Latin subjunctus, past participle of subjungere to join beneath, subordinate
First Known Use: 1530

2subjunctive

noun

the subjunctive : the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a suggestion, wish, uncertainty, possibility, etc.

: a subjunctive verb or sentence

Full Definition of SUBJUNCTIVE

1
:  the subjunctive mood of a language
2
:  a form of verb or verbal in the subjunctive mood

Examples of SUBJUNCTIVE

  1. I wish it were not so is in the subjunctive.
  2. Subjunctives can be used to express doubt.

First Known Use of SUBJUNCTIVE

1622

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