Subjunctive Mood

Jared Aragona

Subjunctive mood: Use the subjective mood when writing of hypotheticals, imaginary scenarios, or suggestions.



 If he were a more diligent student, he would perform better on tests.

 If Jonas were here, the presentation would flow more smoothly.


 Imaginary Scenario:

 If I were seven feet tall, I’d focus my life entirely on basketball.

 If she were any other animal but a human, she’d be a sloth.



If the second paper were to be assigned at the end of the month, the students would be able to manage their time better.

 I suggest the graduates arrive after the families have sat down.


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