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    Subjunctive Verb

    Hi,

    Is the sentence below correct?


    If he have the money, he will pay it.


    Thanks in advance!


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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is the sentence below correct?


    If he have the money, he will pay it.


    Thanks in advance!
    No, it isn't, Ferdie. It is not a subjunctive form. We use the subjunctive for doubtful to opposite to fact situations.

    If I were/was you, I'd go visit Ferdie.

    If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

    If he [have] has the money, he will pay it.

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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    To tell you the truth, I quoted it from a book I'm reading.

    So what about this - "If he [have] has the money, he will pay it."?

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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    I am quite confused with Condional Verbs. Hope you can help me make them discussed in a simple explanation.


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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    To tell you the truth, I quoted it from a book I'm reading.

    So what about this - "If he [have] has the money, he will pay it."?
    If he has the money, he will pay it.

    This is fine. It's an example of someone believing that this condition is possible. The speaker could be saying that the 'he' is an honest person, that upon the condition of his having money, he will pay "it", with "it" maybe being a bill or a debt owed.

    Compare it to,

    If he had the money, he would pay it.

    Here the speaker could be saying that he doesn't have the money but upon the condition that he did have money then he would pay the bill/debt.

    Let me look for some older threads where I've explained it or someone else has explained it.

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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    To tell you the truth, I quoted it from a book I'm reading.
    Is it an old book or using a dialect? The present subjunctive form (If he be..., etc) can be found in old texts, but is not used nowadays.

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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Is it an old book or using a dialect? The present subjunctive form (If he be..., etc) can be found in old texts, but is not used nowadays.
    Well, I think it is. But why did you say "If he be ..., etc."? Can you please give me an example of this pattern of Conditional Verbs?


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    Re: Subjunctive Verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Well, I think it is. But why did you say "If he be ..., etc."? Can you please give me an example of this pattern of Conditional Verbs?
    Here's 48 odd million examples, Ferdie. [I hope the link works.]

    Results 1 - 10 of about 48,000,000 English pages for "if he be".

    - Google Search

    But don't waste too much time on these archaic aspects of English. Focus on the ones you're having trouble with.

    Write some from your own, real life. That way you will understand the context and they will make more sense to you.

    Example [Pretending I'm Ferdie]

    My nickname is Ferdie. If it weren't Ferdie, it could be [____].

    I live in [____]. If I didn't live here, I would want to live in [___].

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