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What is the subjunctive form?

The subjunctive form is used to explore conditional or imaginary situations. It is often used after formal verbs such as require, demand, suggest, propose. It can be used to give advice.

Examples in action

If I were him, I’d try a lot harder at school.

The Queen demands that all children be taught to curtsy.

Mrs Smith requires that James Brown go to her office now.




The subjunctive verb form is also used after formal expressions, such as it is desirable, necessary, vital, essential.



It is desirable that the whole class be here early for the trip.

It is vital that each child bring their own water bottle to school.

Is it necessary that you eat all your chocolate right now?