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    "The cat is in the box"

    Hi,
    Please have a look at this sentence:

    The cat is in the box
    Supposing someone read this sentence and he/she say:

    There are two ... in that sentence
    => what should be chosen to fill in the blank: "the"'s or"the's" or anything else?
    And in my question I used "read" and "say" (without "s") as I think they are in subjunctive mood. Am I right or wrong?

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post

    The cat is in the box.
    There are two "the"s. There are also two nouns. There is not a whiff of the subjunctive mood.


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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    Please have a look at this sentence:

    The cat is in the box
    Supposing someone read this sentence and he/she say:

    There are two ... in that sentence
    => what should be chosen to fill in the blank: "the"'s or"the's" or anything else?
    And in my question I used "read" and "say" (without "s") as I think they are in subjunctive mood. Am I right or wrong?

    Thank you very much.
    N.
    "Read" as in "I read that yesterday", is in the past tense, in which case you would have to use "he/she said." at the end.

    "Reads" is in the future, as in, "If he reads that and he says." you must use "says".
    "Supposing someone read this sentence and he/she said". or "Supposing someone reads this sentence and he/she says."

    Two "the"s".
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 06-Jul-2008 at 20:07. Reason: typo

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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Suppose someone reads this sentence and he/she says:
    Present tense.


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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Thanks a lot, Bhaisahab and RonBee :)

    So we can just say "supposing someone reads that sentence and he/she says..."?
    No need for the subjunctive mood? but why? I think this is just supposing. It's not the truth, isn't it? and so why don't we use subjunctive mood here? :O

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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Present tense.
    Sorry, forgot to point that bit out.



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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    Sorry, forgot to point that bit out
    Sorry but what do you mean, Bhaisahab?

    Uhm... I still don't understand why we don't use subjunctive mood in that sentence. Just supposing, isn't it? :O:O
    (sorry for my dumbness +_+)

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    Re: "The cat is in the box"

    "Supposing someone reads this sentence and he/she says."

    I forgot to point out that the above is present tense, as Ronbee made clear in his post.

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