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subjunctive

adjective sub·junc·tive \ səb-ˈjən(k)-tiv \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of subjunctive

Late Latin subjunctivus, from Latin subjunctus, past participle of subjungere to join beneath, subordinate


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subjunctive

noun

Definition of subjunctive

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

Examples of subjunctive in a Sentence

  1. “I wish it were not so” is in the subjunctive.

  2. Subjunctives can be used to express doubt.

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First Known Use of subjunctive

1575



SUBJUNCTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

subjunctive

adjective

Definition of subjunctive for English Language Learners

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


subjunctive

noun

Definition of subjunctive for English Language Learners

  • 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



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