What is a subjunctive verb?

The subjunctive mood is used to refer to a hypothetical situation or to express a wish, suggestion, or command.

There are two types of subjunctive verb forms:

  • Verbs in the present subjunctive take the infinitive form (e.g., “I suggest he be fired”).
  • Verbs in the past subjunctive are identical to the simple past form of the verb (e.g., “I wish I had more money”).