the subjunctive

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the subjunctive

grammar
:the form that a verb or sentence has when it is expressing a suggestion, wish, uncertainty, possibility, etc.
  • "I wish it were not so" is in the subjunctive.

Word by Word Definitions

subjunctive play
  1. : 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)

  1. : the subjunctive mood of a language

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


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