Thought for the Week – subjunctive mood

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I came across a recommendation by Richard Sennett which took me by surprise – he suggests that we need to learn or relearn the art of conversation in the subjunctive mood.
I quickly googled subjunctive mood: “In English, the subjunctive mood is used to explore conditional or imaginary situations. It can be tricky to use, which partially explains why many speakers and writers don’t use it. But it’s quite useful (and aesthetically pleasing, at least to us), and careful users of English should do their part to preserve it. It is often contrasted with the indicative mood.” 
Subjunctive statements are peppered with words such as possibly, probably, maybe and perhaps…and Sennett suggests, that using these words, prepares a softer landing for views we are trying to get across…

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