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    #1

    Suppose I ...

    1) Suppose I had been a taxi-driver and you had been a passenger...
    2) Suppose I were a taxi-driver and you were a passenger...
    3) Suppose I am a taxi-driver and you are a passenger...
    4) Suppose I be a taxi-driver and you be a passenger...

    I wonder whether sentence 4 is completely wrong and never used?

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    #2

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    It's not wrong and could be said.

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    #3

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    What difference in meaning do you see then between 3 and 4?

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    #4

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    Is 'be' in 4. the present subjunctive?

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    #5

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    It could be used as a suggestion in a child's game:
    "Suppose I be a taxi-driver and you be a passenger." = "Why don't I be a taxi-driver and you be a passenger."
    I'm not sure whether it's subjunctive. I don't think so. It means "Suppose that I play the role of a taxi-driver ..."
    2. is past subjunctive.

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    #6

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    I would say that #4 is the present subjunctive. It is marked by use of the verb "be".

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    #7

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    I would never use #4.

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    #8

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    I am not a teacher.

    Neither would I, except if I were doing a poor impersonation of someone from the West Country or perhaps Jamaica.

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    #9

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    Do you mean that the present subjunctive does not apply to 'suppose'?

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    #10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post

    Neither would I, except if I were doing a poor impersonation of someone from the West Country or perhaps Jamaica.
    Neither would I, and Raymott nailed this in post #5. It's something children might say in pretend games.

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