Definition of subjunctive
- the subjunctive mood
In “I wish it were Friday,” the verb “were” is in the subjunctive mood.
First Known Use: circa 1504See Words from the same year
“I wish it were not so” is in the subjunctive.
Subjunctives can be used to express doubt.
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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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of very fine texture or delicate form
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