Can the Modal " should " be used in a subjunctive mood in a Negative sentence ?
Should you not come, I will give the book to somebody else.
Last edited by PENDSE; 02-Dec-2010 at 15:54. Reason: correction
I agree that this is an acceptable sentence.
In answer to your question about should: should is not, IMO, 'in a subjunctive mood'.
If this sentence were to be translated into many other languages, the first clause might well involve a subjunctive mood. In English, however, we frequently use modals instead. The modals themselves are not subjunctive.
Why don't both arguing parties give their definition of "subjunctive form"? It will help us to better understand what they are arguing about. Probably each of them attributes different content to this term, that's why they can't agree. They may both be right but are looking at this phenomenon from different perspectives.
Last edited by Pokemon; 02-Dec-2010 at 20:58.
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