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
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 I’m not.” to the sentence. If this
is true, then use the subjunctive mood of the verb.
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