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Autor:  Tiago T.
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Data:  23/SET/2009 11:00 PM
Assunto:  Verb form
 
Mensagem:  I'm not sure I follow you. The subjunctive mood is not exclusive to Latin languages. German, Dutch, Arabic and Hebrew, for example, also have different verb forms to express wishes, emotions, opinions, judgments, etc. I don't see what's wrong about using such mood in English. Are you bothered by the fact that the English subjunctive today is pretty much a copy of the base form or by the fact that we still try to use a form that seems contrary to the natural evolution of the language?

I understand that English has evolved a lot and the subjunctive has lost most of its importance. However, a few fixed expressions and constructions still carry subjunctive traces, and native speakers today recognize those forms as correct/formal language. From an ESL student point-of-view, using the subjunctive correctly probably shows a good grasp of the formal variety of the language.

I agree that the subjunctive is bound to disappear in English (and in several other languages). It seems our world is getting too objective and practical for a mood that carries so much imprecision and bias. Nevertheless, I don't see the harm in using it while most speakers perceive it as adequate.

Tiago


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Verb ASK  –  Nadia  22/SET/2009, 11:07 PM
Verb ASK  –  Dale-CR  22/SET/2009, 11:23 PM
Verb ASK  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 12:14 AM
Verb ASK  –  Subbo  23/SET/2009, 2:24 AM
Verb form  –  Sobbo  23/SET/2009, 2:44 AM
Verb form  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 11:29 AM
Verb form  –  Sotto  23/SET/2009, 7:24 PM
 Verb form  –  Tiago T.  23/SET/2009, 11:00 PM
Verb form  –  Whatyoumaycallit  25/SET/2009, 8:00 PM
Verb ASK  –  Nadia  23/SET/2009, 10:34 AM

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