10 Examples of the Subjunctive

The subjunctive is a specific verb form. It usually expresses something that you wish for, or a hypothetical rather than actual situation[.] It is also used to indicate that something is being suggested or demanded[.]”

Lexico, “When to Use the Subjunctive

His wife demanded that he stop drinking if he wanted to save their marriage.

Heaven forbid I have a drink or two to take off the edge!

His friends implored that he seek treatment to deal with his mounting problems.

I only wish that what you say were true.

The court ordered that he pay a fine and stay sober for 10 months if he wanted his license back.

If only it were that simple.

His ex-wife recommended that he pay child support if he wanted to maintain his visitation rights. 

Were I to give you money, you would just spend it on yourself or your boyfriend, not our daughter.

The college girls at the bar insisted that he stop bothering them.

If only I were younger, then those sluts would give me the time of day!

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