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    subjunctive mood

    I have a question about subjunctive mood in a clause.

    The question:
    I thought John was at home but he actually wasn't.
    Should I say "I thought John should have been at home but he actually wasn't."?

    Should I put subjunctive mood in the clause if I am sure the statement is converse to the truth ?
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    Re: subjunctive mood

    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com, joseph0928!

    The past subjunctive is 'were', that's what I learned from grammar sites.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: subjunctive mood

    Did you think he was home, or did you think he had an obligation to be home?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: subjunctive mood

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Did you think he was home, or did you think he had an obligation to be home?
    So, if I thought he was home, then subjunctive mood is not necessary.
    If I thought he had an obligation to be home, then I should say "I thought he should have been home."
    It's all about the meaning I want to express, not simply a grammar rule.
    Is that right?
    Thank you

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    Re: subjunctive mood

    The subjunctive mood is always about the view of the speaker/writer.

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    Re: subjunctive mood

    Quote Originally Posted by joseph0928 View Post
    It's all about the meaning I want to express, not simply a grammar rule.
    Is that right?
    Yes

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