The subjunctive form is the verb form used to explore a hypothetical situation (for example, If I were you) or to express a wish, a demand, or a suggestion (For example, I demand he be present). These are auxiliary or additional verbs that express necessity or possibility.

The subjunctive isn’t used in English very often. Nowadays is usually replaced with modal verbs like might, ‘could,’ or ‘should,’ which suggests a situation (Should I, Could I, Might that mean). However, the subjunction verb form still survives in traditional expressions like ‘come what may.

What is the Subjunctive Mood?

The Subjunctive Form is sometimes referred to as the Subjunctive Mood, but it is important, when teaching KS2, that you maintain using either the Subjunctive form or the subjunctive mood to avoid confusion

Examples of Subjunctive Form:

Here are some simple but effective examples of the subjunctive form that you can use to get some idea of how your students can start building the subjunctive form and verb into their writing:

  • If I were in the program, I would sing the song.
  • I suggest that Lisa write the article.
  • I propose that Suzan be asked to perform in the program.
  • If I were in your place, I would not do it.
  • I suggest that Jack come here to solve it.
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