to Hope and subjunctive mood

Little man

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Dear teachers, could you please tell me it is possible to use subjunctive mood after "hope (that)".

I hope that she realise how much I love her.
I hope that she should realise how much I love her
. I read that in British English it is more common.

I know that we can use subjunctive mood to express importance, for example after words like "important, vital, to suggest, to recommend'' etc. But can we express desire with subjunctive?
 

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We use the subjunctive more in American English than the Brits do, but not after a verb expressing mere desire. For example, It's essential that you be comfortable with the subjunctive.* I hope you will learn it.

*(It isn't really.)
 

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Thank you all.
One more question about the verb "to hope".
It is true that I can use present simple after "hope" if I refer to future?

I hope you understand it.
I hope you will understand it.

For me the first sentence is quite ambiguous. It may refer to the present or to the future. However, if I add "soon" the ambiguity will disappear.

I hope you understand it soon.
 

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Without "soon", the phrase expresses a desire for the present. Adding "soon" casts it into the future.
 

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We use the subjunctive more in American English than the Brits do,

Any use of the present subjunctive other than a few fossilised phrases is more than most Brits. You could go for weeks or months without hearing it.
 
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