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    "Leila said that her sisters weren't to speak to her after their argument."

    Is that sentence ok? If so, how do I call that grammar point in English? Subjunctive?

    thank u!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    "Leila said that her sisters weren't to speak to her after their argument."

    Is that sentence ok? Yes

    If so, how do I call that grammar point in English? Which one? The sentence contains reported speech.

    Subjunctive? There is no subjunctive in this sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    "Leila said that her sisters weren't to speak to her after their argument."

    Is that sentence ok? If so, how do I call that grammar point in English? Subjunctive?

    thank u!
    How do you call that grammar point? as Fivejedjon said:"which one? The sentence contains reported speech."

    But I guess you have a problem with that "weren't to" part. Perhaps you wonder what it means and why there is a "to" after "weren't". If so then check the dictionary for "be".

    "Be to" has different meanings. for example:

    -- used for saying what has been arranged: "The ceremony is to take place in the palace grounds."

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    Thank you guys!

    Khosro, you're right! I have problems with verb be+to. I've googled it and it appears to be called Subjuctive mood or sth like that. I'm not sure.

    I'm glad to know that sentence is OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Thank you guys!

    Khosro, you're right! I have problems with verb be+to. I've googled it and it appears to be called Subjuctive mood or sth like that. I'm not sure.

    I'm glad to know that sentence is OK.
    Were you to read further, you would understand better.
    If you were to read further, you would understand better.
    If you read further you would understand better.


    In the first two of those sentences, which mean pretty much the same as the third, the were of were to is indeed subjunctive.

    Except in such fairly uncommon conditional sentences, am/are/is/was/were to (there is no actual form be to) are, as Khosro wrote, used for saying what has been arranged: "The ceremony is to take place in the palace grounds."

    The awards were to be presented at noon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARUK2008 View Post
    Thank you guys!

    Khosro, you're right! I have problems with verb be+to. I've googled it and it appears to be called Subjuctive mood or sth like that. I'm not sure.

    I'm glad to know that sentence is OK.
    That sentence is okay? I am not sure if this sentence is okay. Did you make the sentence yourself or you saw it somewhere? If you saw it somewhere then I just tried to help you about "be to". But if you made it yourself then first we should know what you meant by the sentence.

    Well, when I was writing this post I had not seen Fivejedjon's last post yet. Seems like you don't need to worry about "subjunctive" anymore.
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