when and if

Monica Gonzalez-Marquez mg246 at CORNELL.EDU
Tue Jan 28 14:34:50 UTC 2003

Hi Geoff,

It's the imperative though the tone of the sentence can be described
as subjunctive despite the obvious lack of explicit grammatical
markers. i.e. this is a possible world in which the given outcome
will occur should the possible world become a realized world.


>On the radio this morning I heard the following, which seems to be grist
>for the mill:
>>When you hear [the song of the day], be caller number five and you will
>win tickets to the Doo-Wop Dreams show.
>For additional bonus points, what is the tense/mood/mode/whatever of the
>verb form 'be' in the above sentence?


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