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It is possible to assume that a similar situation took place in the course of the history of English, except that the forms of the preterite subjunctive in the present context and the forms of the preterite indicative started to overlap (2).
Chesterton, Andre Maurois, Hilaire Belloc, and Winston Churchill each wrote a chapter that focused on a familiar historical episode (such as John Wilkes Booth's assassination of Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theater, and the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo) and engaged in the interesting exercise of writing history in the subjunctive, in all its details and consequences, as if the opposite had in fact happened (that is, that Lincoln had not be assassinated, that Napoleon had escaped to America, and so on).
25) Since de Man predicates temporality on the impenetrable barrier between past and present, autobiography, like anachronism, is always and exclusively the work of subjunctive existence.
As with every language, machine translating to and from Latin is a difficult problem and we know that our grasp of the ablative absolute or use of the subjunctive may occasionally be off," it said.
The first understanding is a subjunctive one, in which the potentially unjust nature of inequalities between members of an association is determined by employing a hypothetical baseline of what constitutes just treatment.
Lewis is chastised for thinking Maria Callas would sing a hit from Cats and is later lambasted for failing to master the subjunctive.
The final proposition has a very subjunctive feel to it, a longing or wish that a conventional salutation could be more than a cliche, that it could embody a higher level of existence or reality.
By transposing indirect discourse to the subjunctive, as in German, this mode leaves narration uncorrupted and has the potential to elevate indirect discourse above other discourse by virtue of the timeless subjunctive form.
I have gone to the State Fair and fed my child her allotment of corn dogs and deep fried cheese curds and led her through the poultry barn so she knows where the omelet comes from and now it's time for her to resume science and mathematics and learn the subjunctive mood.
Conditional expressions (although the classification is not accepted by all linguists) are usually divided into two: the so-called real or open conditionals, which are sometimes called indicative conditionals, and the unreal or hypothetical conditionals, also known as subjunctive conditionals (see Nieuwint 1992 : 2-3; Palmer 1986 : 189-199).
Then he'll drop in a term like 'singular subjunctive conditional' without any explanation at all.
Clark has said of Cubism) producing a modernism in the subjunctive mode, to suggest what a primal painting might look like were the medium able to return to that point.