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When talking about wishes and hypotheses, are we using the subjunctive mood? What does “persist with X (=compound noun)” mean? very interesting. Harry de ZHANG replied on 6 August, 2020 - 04:05 Swaziland. © Copyright 2017 English Grammar Exercise. 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This is the questions that is always in my mind but nobody has answered yet. We use wish and if only with past tense forms: I don't like my work. Can a person purposely provoke someone to hit him and then report a crime? This balances the use of 'so' as an intensive on both sides of the sentence. The use of was is frowned upon by some people, who see it as incorrect or at best poor style. But they insist that the interpretation is possible, depending on its context. Moreover, I don't know why (1) is not mentioned as having the same intention like (2). The use of were in if-clauses is still very common, particularly with the first-person (If I were...). How do open-source projects prevent disclosing a bug while fixing it? How can a chess game with clock take 5 hours? indicative, subjunctive and imperative). I wish we were travelling first class.I wish I was taller.John wishes he wasn't so busy. John was very lazy at school. Why are "south" and "southern" pronounced with different vowels? ========================================================== My larger question is this, whenever we compose any clause/sentence (to express a complete grammatical thought) in English, without even being conscious of it, are we already employing a particular grammatical mood (i.e. (1) If he can be more brave, he will confess to her. Or is there something more than I know? When you are going to show your respect and tell somebody that meeting with them has been an honor for you, recommend you something or recommend it to you, Who will do it: “your team or us” vs “your team or we”. Conjunctions. If only they had more time. However, I would expect a native speaker to be more likely to say: I'm wondering how a movie can be so complicated and at the same time so very interesting. What would happen then? Examples: I'm going to Ireland to visit my family.. You can read more about the subjunctive in English here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_subjunctive. I tried to lift the box. ICP#: 10044692, LearnEnglish Subscription: self-access courses, English Online: 100% online teacher-led course, EnglishScore Tutors: personal online English tutors, 'would' expresses the idea of annoyance or unwillingness, Delexical verbs: 'have', 'take', 'make', 'give', 'go' and 'do'. Example sentences with the word express. How do natives state this? Do you think you would've been happy? or i wish i would have that opportunity ? This is not a view shared by the majority of modern grammarians, however. Expressing Obligation. Thank you so much for the reply! Timothy555 replied on 11 May, 2020 - 20:41 Singapore. rev 2020.11.11.37991, The best answers are voted up and rise to the top, English Language Learners Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled, Start here for a quick overview of the site, Detailed answers to any questions you might have, Discuss the workings and policies of this site, Learn more about Stack Overflow the company, Learn more about hiring developers or posting ads with us, Native speakers might use exactly the same words as you yourself (except it's a bit of a trite observation, since people are, @FumbleFingers The only reason is that I'm not native and I thought it might sound awkward (grammatically and through meaning). That's a dreadful noise. Had Beethoven been able to distinguish an extraordinary from an ordinary work, he would have accepted his composition immediately as a hit. English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. How can I label segments of a smooth curve through some nodes? The second sentence is not correct. (1)If creators knew when they were on their way to fashioning a masterpiece, their work would progress only forward: they would halt their idea-generation efforts as they struck gold. Imagine you ___ born a hundred years earlier. When we are talking about hypotheses, we use expressions like: We should phone them in case they are lost. In the last post, I wrote about how ability is expressed using modal verbs and phrases. By Rob Lane . The follows are as far as I know about them. Is this sentence correct grammatically (or meaning) ? Home Page >> Grammar Exercises >> Advanced >> Purpose, Result & Reason Multiple Choice Purpose, Result & Reason Multiple Choice . site design / logo © 2020 Stack Exchange Inc; user contributions licensed under cc by-sa. Did a computer error lead to 6,000 votes switching from Joe Biden to President Trump? It seems that this doesn't comply with the principle of subject-predicate consistency, although it's widely accepted. Imagine you won the lottery. Shall I say “Open your books” or “Open your book” when facing a group of kids? I have recently watched a movie which is really great and now I'm trying to express my attitude towards this movie. Kirk replied on 22 September, 2020 - 14:25 Spain. How to reject a postdoc offer a few days after accepting it? © British Council Harry de ZHANG replied on 5 August, 2020 - 04:36 Swaziland. We use would have in the main clause and the past perfect in a subordinate clause to talk about something that did not happen in the past: I would have helped anyone who had asked me.I would have helped you if you had asked me. I'm not sure there is a rationale for such aspects of the language. Languages are organic and develop through use and need without an imposed plan from above. We use modals with have to talk about something that did not happen in the past: I didn't see Mary, or I might have spoken to her. And, of the given two sentences, which is right? Why couldn't I use 'would have' construction in this sentenses? Printable grammar quizzes for each subject with multiple choice questions and answers--These are great for ESL students and teachers, elementary native speakers (2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade) as well as preparing for major exams such as TOEFL, KET, PET, IELTS, etc.Also See: Elementary level tests Classic style exercises They are always busy. Why didn't you ask me? Peter M. replied on 26 October, 2020 - 07:01 Poland. @Ayhan Buyuk There is nothing wrong with the word 'complicated' itself, it is more the fact that your sentence implies that complicated movies are not very interesting. However, I would expect a native speaker to be more likely to say: I'm wondering how a movie can be so complicated and at the same time so very interesting. I always have to get home early. 2. In Beethoven’s most celebrated work, the Fifth Symphony, he scrapped the conclusion of the first movement because it felt too short, only to come back to it later. What if someone stole it, what would you do then? Want to improve this question? I've read elsewhere that most grammarians consider English as only having three major/true grammatical moods (i.e. (2) It was clear that (or His brother said) (1-1)If he could be more brave, he would confess to her. The United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We use the verb wish or the phrase if only to talk about things which we want but which are not possible: I wish I could see you next week.If only we could stop for a drink.I wish we had a bigger house. The point is this; if a indicative conditionals is backshifted and as a result when the main clause has the past auxiliary, then it has the exact type of 2nd conditionals, but the first sentence before backshifted was not 2nd conditionals. This is because we don't generally use 'would' with the subject 'I' after 'wish', since in a sentence like this, 'would' expresses the idea of annoyance or unwillingness. I wish I lived somewhere more interesting. Complicated movies can be very popular. The subjunctive used to be the norm in if-clauses but now is used only with the verb be (present subjunctive- be, past subjunctive - were). Further more, which of 'was' and 'were' a native speaker would prefer to use regardless the using environment (spoken and written)? Thank you. Hi , There is a sentence. There are strong obligations such as rules and necessities, and weak obligations such as advice. If this (1) is backshifted, can it be like this? How to use express in a sentence. Sentences (1) and (2) below have the form of 2nd conditional, which is unreal at the time of utterance (In this text, the time is past, which is natural in grammar and usage in my intuition). I don't like this place. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with your sentence. _____ everything looked so in order, we didn't clean anything else. that our sentence, by definition, can automatically be classified as being either in indicative, subjunctive or imperative mood)? It's a pity Jack wasn't at the party. If only it wasn't so cold. Regarding "After I/he/she/it, we can use were instead of was," could someone explain the rationale behind this linguistic phenomenon? These structures express purpose and answer the question why something is done.. To We use 'to + verb' to say why we do something.. since due to because of seeing. What other sentences could I use to convey the given expression in the question? 1069 1st, 2nd & 3rd Conditional Sentences – Exercise 2 Advanced . 1064 2nd Conditional Sentences – Exercise 1 Intermediate 1066 1st & 2nd Conditional Sentences – Exercise 1 Intermediate 1067 1st & 2nd Conditional Sentences – Exercise 2 Intermediate 1068 1st, 2nd & 3rd Conditional Sentences – Exercise 1 Advanced . If you add a result clause then you could use use 'would have': I can't believe you paid for your car in cash. What do you think of this? (2)If Picasso could judge his creations as he produced them, he would get consistently “warmer” and use the later drawings. In my humble opinion, I can't understand how (1) can be backshifted to (1-1) without avoiding the ambiguity between indicative and 2nd conditionals. LearnEnglish Subscription: self-access courses for professionals, Adamfirstttt replied on 25 October, 2020 - 19:30 Germany.

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