Don't Participate in the Death of the Subjunctive

The English language has but three moods, and one of them—the subjunctive—is dying. Unlike their abused and misunderstood sister, the indicative and the imperative live lives of luxury, basking in the certainty that they will never be without work, as humans will always need either to be doing something or to be ordering someone else to do it for them.

But not so for the lowly subjunctive, that Cinderella of moods: trampled, despised, ignored, and yet imbued with such fragile beauty that even the most unregenerate misogrammatist would pause if he knew how near his carelessness was bringing her to the brink of oblivion.

You can help. As difficult as it may be, please tell your friends about our heartbreaking "Killing the Mood" public service announcement. Like so many compassionate but misguided people, they might be unwittingly using the indicative in cases that clearly call for the subjunctive! Please, don't let them kill the mood. Click the image below for a tragic example of how misusing the subjunctive can, quite literally, kill the mood, and click here to find out what you can do to help.



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