Were you to understand the subjunctive, you could add some sophistication to your writing. In this lesson, we look at this structure and see how it is used. It is crucial that you add some variety to your sentences, especially for the IELTS, TOEFL, and other tests’ writing sections in order to up your score.
With ‘if’: 1:56
With wish: 4:15
With a ‘that’ clause: 5:28
Fixed expressions: 10:17
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Ahmad Suleiman says
14:30 "It is only through hard work and dedication that a person finds success"……… would you please clarify the reason you used tense verb for "finds" although it has followed "it is"?
Thaung Htike Soe says
Thanks a bunch for your best lecture.I certainly appreciate your lecture.
This lesson is very complicated 🙁
Imane Hgr says
You should know that you are the best teacher ever ❤
Fateme S says
hi Adam, thank u for teaching us very well
I have a question
this is subjunctive?
He paused, afraid lest he say too much.
sadegh soleimani says
Had I seen your videos sooner, I would have learned all about it earlier. THE best and teacher.
Aya Alrawi says
Thank you Mr. Adam! It was really useful.. But I have in my book the categories of subjunctive, one of them is formulaic subjunctive, Can you tell me how can I use it? If you don't mind
الماضي الجميل and Al razaq says
What’s the difference between “ if he became a manger he would fire the stuff” and “ if he were to become a manger …”
Davide Selmin says
Omar Fortis says
This is the most satisfying explanation I’ve ever been given about the subjunctive mood in English. Excellent job Adam!
Sir. Juntak says
You're a smart teacher Adam. I like you much❤
The Queen's English House Official says
Informative. . .
الماضي الجميل and Al razaq says
I have two sentences “ I wish I never had been born “ “I wish I never was born” which one is correct
Riouri Satsumoto says
Thank you Sir, i hope God bless you.
Sentilaine Elape says
Good day,Sir, can I ask how many types of subjunctive mood like past subjunctive , past present subjunctive, etc?
Osiris Hernandz Jrz says
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E H says
I understand that in informal scenarios, the "that" may be omitted and the past/present form of the verb may be used instead of the subjunctive. However, in an exam, can we do that as well? Or is your recommendation to always include "that" and to strictly use the "subjunctive" form of the verb instead of the past/present? E.g. I recommended he delayed seeing a specialist. ("that" is omitted, past tense used instead of the subjunctive)
Dr. Aref Al Naib says
my question is why employ does not take S?? thank you anyway Adam
Were they to mandate that every school employ a nutritionist to oversee cafeteria as well as conduct healthy eating workshops, this could easily change the reality on the ground and going forward.
Sidi Ye says
thank you! Your explanation is clear enough for me to understand the structure and find it easier to write some sentences with subjunctive mood by myself. :))
techy john says
Thank you, but can you please tell be the situation when it is necessary to use subjunctive? I mean when it is wrong to not use subjunctive? And what effect does it create to text.
MARIYA SAMEH says
You are an amazing teacher🌷🌷I wish my professors at my university lecture like your marvelous style.
prajit vishnu karthik says
Y don't u consider "doctor advised that Jim' to'be brought to the hospital right away?
I've watched these types of videos so many times and read about this grammar point in order to master it because it's pretty hard to recognize and memorize it overnight. I've noticed though that as I brush up on my English classes every day, I keep them in mind for longest. Maybe I make one or two mistakes when talking, but undoubtedly my english is looking up, otherwise I wouldn't be able to write this way, I couldn't watch videos on youtube either. In addition your classes have been extremely useful for me.
hamidreza seilabadi says
Kirill Buglak says
I wish you had done this – is it incorrect? Maybe I didn't catch the point about why second verb couldn't be changed
Betty Egoavil says
Thanks a lot Adam. Great lesson!
it is necessary that when a student wants/want, to improve his skills, he joys/joy workshop. what do you think? Mr, Adem. which form of the verb is correct.
Julio Quizhpe says
Thanks. I am preparing to take the C1 test. I am going to use them in my writing practice.
Maung Oakkar says
Can I use " It is difficult that " ?
Drunk Frog says
Merlyn Sakina Has Israil says
thank u for ur obvious explanation, Adam👍
hope to get ur vid notification more often both from this account and learning English with Adam 😊
Bashar Sheikh says
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Trustiana Lestari says
Thx Adam you teach so clearly…i can understand fully now
Marcelo Pereira says
Using the subjuctive, can we replace "I wish" for "I want" with the same meaning?
Andrea Marino says
That's the type of lesson i would like to have from you.
Ragini Sharma says
You are one of the finest teachers that I have come across on YouTube. This is an excellent video on subjunctive grammar usage which I was looking for a long time . Thank you so much for helping me clear my doubts through such an organised and comprehensive video. I have no words to describe my joy after discovering this yet I will try .Thanks a million for doing such a great job here and sharing your knowledge with us. It means a lot to people like me who is always trying to get better in English speaking.
You rock!! 🙂
Nataliya Asprey says
Thank you so much.
Maria M!kinen says
In French this is clearer
The best expiation of subjunctive mood. Thank you so much!
Omid Habibi says
1- Can we use (If need be/ if it is necessary) in other tenses other that simple present?
2- Can we use particular adjectives in subjunctive mood other than by using (It is)?
3- Can we use the subjunctive structure other than simple present? For example, it will be important that everyone wear uniform in workplace.
Alexander Sirenko says
hey Adam, could you, please, explain why there is no -s ending in the sentences "In my opinion, schools ought to insist that every instructor take_…".
And 'Were they to mandate that every school employ_…" thanks 😉
Talha Qureshi says
I would like to know difference between these two sentence
If i became a doctor, i would earn a lot of money.
If i were to become a doctor, i would earn a lot of money.
Hussein The Yemeni says
Thanks for the awesome lesson
Maria M!kinen says
I love the subjunctive tense. In French too. The if -inversion is nice. Wish is an unreal hope….great info.
Мадина Байбатыр says
Atagun İlhan says
God bless you
Alsu English Teacher says
I support you in anything, Adam, please do exist ! I love your really comprehensive and approachable explanations !