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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (March 14, 2010)

In the Mood?

The mood of a verb is one of the many complexities of English grammar (others include tense, number, person and voice).

The subjunctive mood is particularly difficult to master.

Consider this sentence: I wish I was/were going to the gold medal Olympic hockey game. While it is true that you will often hear people say I wish I was aloud, it is incorrect to use it in writing.

One test you can use to see if the subjunctive mood is correct is to add but Im not. to the sentence. If this is true, then use the subjunctive mood of the verb.


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