the subjunctive

noun

Definition of the subjunctive

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: 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.

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“The subjunctive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20subjunctive. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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