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    Subjunctive tense

    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to know how to conjugate verbs in the subjunctive tense, as for instance: "I will see that she gets fired" Is this ok? Do you use the present tense for a subjunctive tense?

    Thank you for your help,

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    Horacia


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Horacia View Post
    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to know how to conjugate verbs in the subjunctive tense, as for instance: "I will see that she gets fired" Is this ok? Do you use the present tense for a subjunctive tense?

    Thank you for your help,

    Kind Regards,

    Horacia
    Hello Horacio. The subjunctive is not the same for English as it is for some other languages. We don't have a subjunctive tense, rather it is the subjunctive mood. There are only a few subjunctive forms left in modern English; the subjunctive is dying and for each of these forms there is at least
    one other way to say the same thing.

    "I will see that she gets fired" is not an example of the subjunctive.


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Horacia View Post
    Dear Sirs,

    I would like to know how to conjugate verbs in the subjunctive tense, as for instance: "I will see that she gets fired" Is this ok? Do you use the present tense for a subjunctive tense?

    Thank you for your help,

    Kind Regards,

    Horacia
    Welcome to the forums.

    See here: Subjunctive - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I saw there, Anglika. If you don't mind me asking what would be the BrE norm for,

    'I recommend he be promoted'.


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    That sentence would be the one to use.


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    That sentence would be the one to use.
    That's kinda what I'd figured, Anglika so that leaves me a bit puzzled as to just what the differences might be between NaE and BrE for this use.


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    I am not sure what you are getting at. Did anyone imply a difference?


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I am not sure what you are getting at. Did anyone imply a difference?
    I'd say that the link you provided did, Anglika, at the least, it left me with a degree of puzzlement.

    "In American English, the present subjunctive is more common, so people say 'I recommend he be promoted'."

    I've noticed this distinction between BrE and NaE being drawn other times too.

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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    I know I've seen posts that suggest "I recommend he should be promoted" as the subjunctive for BrE, but that doesn't make sense to me. Is that right?


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    Re: Subjunctive tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I know I've seen posts that suggest "I recommend he should be promoted" as the subjunctive for BrE, but that doesn't make sense to me. Is that right?
    Semantically, it sounds silly to me, Barb. A recommendation as qualified as that doesn't seem like much of a recommendation at all.

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