Students, teachers, and language learners alike have questions about the formation and use of the subjunctive: a grammatical mood that allows language users to express wishes, suppositions, suggestions, requests, purposes, hypotheses, doubts, and commands that are contrary to fact at the time of the utterance.
Grammatical mood is a set of inflected verb forms that express modality of an action or state. Modality is the grammaticalized expression of the subjective attitudes and opinions of the speaker but might also be construed as the ways in which language users conceive the world as is, as would be, as may be, and as should be.
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