subjunctive mood

  • 1 subjunctive mood — 1. The subjunctive mood, one of the great shifting sands of English grammar, is a verbal form or mood expressing wish or hypothesis in contrast to fact, and usually denotes what is imagined, wished, demanded, proposed, and so on. In modern… …

    Modern English usage

  • 2 Subjunctive mood — Subjunctive Sub*junc tive, a. [L. subjunctivus, fr. subjungere, subjunctum, to subjoin: cf. F. subjonctif. See {Subjoin}.] Subjoined or added to something before said or written. [1913 Webster] {Subjunctive mood} (Gram.), that form of a verb… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Subjunctive mood — In grammar, the subjunctive mood (abbreviated sjv or sbjv) is a verb mood typically used in subordinate clauses to express various states of irreality such as wish, emotion, possibility, judgment, opinion, necessity, or action that has not yet… …

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  • 4 subjunctive mood — noun a mood that represents an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible • Syn: ↑subjunctive • Hypernyms: ↑mood, ↑mode, ↑modality …

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  • 5 subjunctive mood — noun Mood expressing an action or state which is hypothetical or anticipated rather than actual, including wishes and commands. If John were here, he would know what to do. Syn: conjunctive mood …

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  • 6 subjunctive — [səb juŋk′tiv] adj. [LL subjunctivus < L subjunctus, pp. of subjungere, to SUBJOIN] Gram. designating or of the mood of a verb that is used to express supposition, desire, hypothesis, possibility, etc., rather than to state an actual fact (Ex …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 subjunctive Grammar — [səb dʒʌŋ(k)tɪv] adjective denoting a mood of verbs expressing what is imagined or wished or possible. Compare with indicative. noun a verb in the subjunctive mood. Derivatives subjunctively adverb Origin C16: from Fr. subjonctif, ive or late L.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 8 Subjunctive — Sub*junc tive, n. (Gram.) The subjunctive mood; also, a verb in the subjunctive mood. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 mood — mood1 [mo͞od] n. [ME < OE mod, mind, soul, courage, akin to Ger mut, mental disposition, spirit, courage < IE base * me , to strive strongly, be energetic > L mos, custom, customary behavior] 1. a particular state of mind or feeling;… …

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  • 10 Mood — (m[=oo]d), n. [The same word as mode, perh. influenced by mood temper. See {Mode}.] 1. Manner; style; mode; logical form; musical style; manner of action or being. See {Mode} which is the preferable form). [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) Manner of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 subjunctive — 1520s, mood employed to denote an action or state as conceived and not as a fact, from L.L. subjunctivus serving to join, connecting, from pp. stem of subjungere to append, add at the end, place under, from sub under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) +… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 mood — is a term in grammar that identifies utterances as being statements, expressions of wish, commands, questions, etc. It is a variant of the word mode, and has nothing to do with the more familiar word mood. In English, moods are expressed by means …

    Modern English usage

  • 13 Subjunctive — Sub*junc tive, a. [L. subjunctivus, fr. subjungere, subjunctum, to subjoin: cf. F. subjonctif. See {Subjoin}.] Subjoined or added to something before said or written. [1913 Webster] {Subjunctive mood} (Gram.), that form of a verb which express… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 14 subjunctive — Grammar ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of a form of a verb) expressing what is imagined or wished or possible. ► NOUN ▪ a verb in the subjunctive mood. ORIGIN Latin subjunctivus, from subjungere add to, join in addition …

    English terms dictionary

  • 15 Subjunctive in Dutch — The subjunctive mood in Dutch is a verb mood typically used in dependent clauses to express a wish, command, emotion, possibility, uncertainty, doubt, judgment, opinion, necessity, or action that has not yet occurred. It is also referred to as… …

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  • 16 mood — mood1 /moohd/, n. 1. a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What s the boss mood today? 2. a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal. 3. a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude:… …

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  • 17 subjunctive — subjunctively, adv. /seuhb jungk tiv/, Gram. adj. 1. (in English and certain other languages) noting or pertaining to a mood or mode of the verb that may be used for subjective, doubtful, hypothetical, or grammatically subordinate statements or… …

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  • 18 subjunctive — sub•junc•tive [[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… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 subjunctive — /səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv / (say suhb jungktiv) Grammar –adjective 1. (in many languages) designating or relating to a verb mood having among its functions the expression of contingent or hypothetical action. For example, in the sentence Were I but king,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 mood — I n. state of mind 1) an angry; bad, foul; bellicose; bilious; festive, holiday; genial, good, happy, jovial, joyful; melancholy; mellow; mercurial; nostalgic; pensive; resentful; sullen; tranquil mood 2) in a mood (in a good mood) II n. verb… …

    Combinatory dictionary


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