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    Billy Big Bollocks Ini's Avatar
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    Default Re: Subjunctive woes.

    fuck knows. google says

    Sometimes we may use the conditional auxiliary verbs of could, should, or would to express the same sense.
    Subjunctive:I wish he were kinder to me.
    Conditional: I wish he would be kinder to me.
    Last edited by Ini; March 5th, 2015 at 11:36.
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    Gizmoduck - blatherskite Gizmotech's Avatar
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    Default Re: Subjunctive woes.

    Could you/would you requests are using "subjunctive" but really all they are doing is just distancing the author further from the question. It's how English does super politeness.

    as for I would like to X is another polite sentences, with a silent "if I could" attached to it.
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