I'll return to other points later.Or do you now simply deny the existence of verbal mood altogether?
I consider that the idea of 'mood' is not essential when one is considering the verb system of English.
I wonder which other grammatical "contrasts" you consider irrelevant.
So do I, sometimes. However, I don't allow my thoughts on other areas to get mixed up with my thoughts on verbs
Given that only BE has a separate form for hypothetical/counterfactual situations, a form by no means used by all speakers,
Only BrE? You have lost me! I think you'll find that it is actually AmE that insists most strictly on the indicative-subjunctive distinction in counterfactuals. BrE accepts either.
'BE', not 'BrE'. Unfortunately this forum does not appear to allow the slightly smaller font size which would enable me to give the citation form of the verb the appearance it should ideally have.
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