Review: Using Verb Moods

webform using verb moods

Identify whether the highlighted verbs in the following sentences are in the correct mood.

 

 

1. If an elephant was to fly in this window, I'd eat your toque.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

Since the sentence deals with an unreal condition (flying elephants) the subjunctive "were" should be used.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

Since the sentence deals with an unreal condition (flying elephants) the subjunctive "were" should be used.

 

 

 

 

2. The chef insists that the wholesaler deliver fresh salad greens every morning.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive is appropriate here since it follows a verb of demanding ("insists").

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive is appropriate here since it follows a verb of demanding ("insists").

 

 

 

 

3. It is crucial that Wendell arrives on time.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive form "arrive" should be used here since it follows an expression of necessity ("it is crucial").

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive form "arrive" should be used here since it follows an expression of necessity ("it is crucial").

 

 

 

 

4. If this apartment was any smaller, we would suffocate.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

Since the clause expresses an unreal condition, the subjunctive mood ("were") should be used.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

Since the clause expresses an unreal condition, the subjunctive mood ("were") should be used.

 

 

 

 

5. The committee recommends that all three buildings are condemned.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb should be in the subjunctive ("be condemned") since it follows a verb of demanding.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The compound verb should be in the subjunctive ("be condemned") since it follows a verb of demanding.

 

 

 

 

6. If Mae West was alive, she might enjoy Madonna's performances.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

Since the sentence expresses an unreal condition (Mae West is dead), the subjunctive ("were") should be used.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

Since the sentence expresses an unreal condition (Mae West is dead), the subjunctive ("were") should be used.

 

 

 

 

7. Ms Watson requires that her baby sitter provides receipts.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("provide") should be used following the verb of demanding ("requires").

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("provide") should be used following the verb of demanding ("requires").

 

 

 

 

8. If instanteously reducing a room was an Olympic sport, Lynn would win the gold medal.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is not correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("were") should be used here instead of "was," because the clause describes an unreal condition. Messiness is not an Olympic sport.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("were") should be used here instead of "was," because the clause describes an unreal condition. Messiness is not an Olympic sport.

 

 

 

 

9. Bunbury wished that Oscar Wilde were still alive to write a sequel to The Importance of Being Earnest.

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("were") is the correct mood, for the clause expresses a wish that cannot come true since Wilde is dead.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer The verb is in the correct mood. is correct.

Explanation: 

The subjunctive ("were") is the correct mood, for the clause expresses a wish that cannot come true since Wilde is dead.