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subjunctive

noun [no plural]
 
 
/səbˈdʒʌŋktɪv/
the form of the verb that is used to express doubt, possibility, or wish. In the sentence 'I wish I were rich.', 'were' is in the subjunctive.Verb forms, tenses and types of verbs
subjunctive adjective
Translations of “subjunctive”
in Chinese (Traditional) (某些語言中動詞的)虛擬式…
in Russian сослагательное наклонение…
in Turkish dilek/istek/şart kipi…
in Chinese (Simplified) (某些语言中动词的)虚拟式…
in Polish tryb łączący…
(Definition of subjunctive from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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