If I were a fly on the wall, I’d see everything – Everything you need to know about Subjunctive Mood

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Subjunctive Mood is used to explore the imagination. For example, you might hear an English speaker say, “If I were a fly on the wall, I’d see everything.” The speaker can’t see everything, but they are imagining they could. There’s a power in seeing everything and knowing the truth. 

A Bit of Grammar

How do I form sentences with subjunctive mood?

It’s easy to form Subjunctive Mood sentences. They use an:

If + Subject + were

word order. Any Pronoun or Noun can be used in the Subject. For instance, a hungry man might say “If rice were meat, I’d be full.” The sentence is completed with “I’d be” and an Adjective or Noun. 

Examples of Subjunctive Mood

1 If I were you, I’d call her now. 

2 They would cancel the event if it were them. 

3 If Marius were you, he’d use the money to invest. 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence. 

Q2: If you were rich, how would you spend your money? 

Q3: What would you do if you were the president/prime minister of your country?

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