[[t]səbˈdʒʌŋk tɪv[/t]] adj.
1) gram. of or designating a grammatical mood typically used for subjective, doubtful, hypothetical, or grammatically subordinate statements or questions, as the mood of be in if this be treason
Compare imperative 3) indicative 2)
2) gram. the subjunctive mood
3) gram. a verb form in the subjunctive mood
Etymology: 1520–30; < LL subjunctīvus= L subjunct(us), ptp. of subjungere to harness, subjoin (sub- sub-+jungere to join) +-īvus -ive sub•junc′tive•ly, adv. usage: The subjunctive mood has largely disappeared in English. It survives, though inconsistently, in sentences with conditional clauses contrary to fact and in subordinate clauses after verbs like wish: If the house were nearer to the road, we would hear more traffic noise. I wish I were in Florida. The subjunctive also occurs in subordinate that clauses after a main clause expressing recommendation, resolution, demand, etc.: We ask that each tenant take (not takes) responsibility for keeping the front door locked. It is important that only fresh spinach be (not is) used. The subjunctive occurs too in some established or idiomatic expressions: So be it. Heaven help us. God rest ye merry, gentlemen.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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