Subjunctive Mood Exercise (463)

In each sentence, choose the correct verb to use depending on whether the sentence indicates the subjunctive mood.

  • If she ___ lying, we would have noticed.

  • It is required that he ________ the form before leaving the room.

  • John wondered whether she ____ going to arrive on time.

  • The music teacher recommended that he ________ daily.

  • If I ___ in this room at the time, I wouldn’t have been able to witness the attack.

Answers and Explanations

1. If she were lying, we would have noticed.

Verbs in sentences that are suppositions should take the subjunctive mood.

2. It is required that he complete the form before leaving the room.

Compulsion is indicated by the subjunctive mood.

3. John wondered whether she was going to arrive on time.

Subjunctive mood indicates statements contrary to fact, not those depending on a lack of information, which take the indicative mood.

4. The music teacher recommended that he practice daily.

"Practices" is appropriate for the indicative mood, shown in the example "He practices daily."

5. If I were in this room at the time, I wouldn’t have been able to witness the attack.

The first phrase in this sentence is a supposition; the verb could be replaced by "had been."

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