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Note 99 – The subjunctive mood (verbs)

Verbs have three moods.  Over the last two days I have covered the indicative and imperative moods; today I am going to blog about the subjunctive mood (the mood being the form that the verb takes and how it is meant to be understood by the reader).

The subjunctive mood is used for situations that are uncertain and isn’t so widely used.  The example that Bernard C Lamb gives in his book The Queen’s English is the poem ‘Mid-Winter’ by Christina Rossetti which starts with the subjunctive line of :

“If I were a shepherd.
I would bring a lamb…”

 If it had read “I was a shepherd…” it would have shown an indicative mood, but in this case the word if conveys a wish or an uncertainty.

Tomorrow will be blog 100 of my writing challenge.  Hope you have enjoyed reading today’s blog.  Don’t forget that you can subscribe to receive them daily by email so that you don’t miss any. Just click ‘sign me up’ on the home page.

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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


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