Subjunctive(?): not critical that

goofy dreaming goofy at DREAMING.ORG
Thu Mar 20 14:26:10 UTC 2008

In my Canadian dialect, either subjunctive or indicative here is fine.
Instead of "tie" I might say "should tie".

There are cases where the subjunctive makes a difference for me, for
instance these sentences have different meanings.

She insists that he take his medicine.
She insists that he takes his medicine.

On Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 10:15 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> A practical reason for retaining the subjunctive is the fact that
> other languages have it or an equivalent. These foreign subjunctives
> are difficult to grasp, even when you're an active user of the English
> subjunctive, which itself can be difficult to grasp, as this thread
> shows.

So if using the English subjunctive doesn't help with foreign subjunctives,
then what is the practical reason for retaining the English subjunctive?


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