subjunctive

Part of speech: adjective

Of or pertaining to that mode of the finite verb that is used to express doubtful or conditional assertion.

Part of speech: noun

The subjunctive mode, or a verb form of this mode.

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Usage examples "subjunctive":

  1. " If it should rain cats and dogs,"- is a phrase which is in many mouths; but probably no one has heard it transferred from the subjunctive to the indicative mood. - "The Romance of Natural History, Second Series", Philip Henry Gosse.
  2. The learned Doctor's subjunctive mood, in the second person singular, is this: Present time. - "The Grammar of English Grammars", Goold Brown.
  3. We may notice, too, that the relative pronoun, unlike the rest, is necessarily syncategorematic, for the same reason as the subjunctive mood. - "Deductive Logic", St. George Stock.