Subjunctive Mood Worksheets
Related ELA Standard: L.8.1.A
We use the subjunctive mood to express a suggestion or wish in verb form. The English Language uses moods to declare the intentions of a sentence. Moods give the sentence purpose. Whether the purpose is to serve as a command, making a statement, making suggestions, or in this case expressing of wish or the possibility of something. Verbs in subjunctive mood lack any form of inflection often making them difficult to spot and understand. These worksheets will help your students identify verbs in the subjunctive mood.
Subjunctive Mood Worksheets To Print:
– Rewrite the passage so it uses the subjunctive mood in every sentence
Write & Identify
– Write 10 sentences in the subjunctive mood. Then switch papers
with a partner and identify the subjunctive verb.
in Context – Read the passage and write all the subjunctive
verbs you find on the lines below in the order they appear.
– Write an "S" next to each sentence that uses the subjunctive mood.
Were vs. Was
– Even though they both sound correct in a sentence, "were" and
"was" are not interchangeable.
If You... –
Answer the questions using the subjunctive mood.
When to Use the Subjunctive Mood?
Subjunctive mood is a mood in grammar of many languages that uses different verbs in a language to describe an unreal state. Using this specific mood of grammar, a writer or a speaker can talk about his or her desires, wishes, emotions, judgments, etc. It is rather a difficult task to correctly use this mood and this explains why most of the writers and speakers refrain from using it. However, once learned and mastered, using this mood correctly can make your sentences worthy of your audience's attention and enable you to express your ideas in a better way. Some of the ideas and ways that can be best expressed using the subjunctive mood are as follows:
To Talk About Something that Is Not a Fact
Subjunctive mood can well represent the ideas that can never be true at a given time or are opposite to the current state of affairs. This way, one can express his or her hidden desires or put an ironic idea into words. For example: "If I were Steve Jobs, I would not have priced iPhone this much”.
To Express a Desire or A Wish
Using subjunctive mood of grammar, one can easily convey to his or her listeners and readers what that person wishes or dreams of. It is also used to show regret of not being able to do something in the past. For example, "I wish I were not this rude to him, that way he would have been here with all of us today”.
To Describe a Prediction or Hypothesis
One can state a prediction about something and explain his or her hypotheticals using the subjunctive verbs and mood. For example, "Even if we try to convince the professor for not giving a quiz today, he would say that we must have told him our issues before.”