Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 09:05:00 -0700
From: "Sheridan, Kathleen" K.SHERIDAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CGNET.COM
Subject: Re: as it were
The subjunctive is still surviving in the US, but in the UK it is almost
dead. Many of the people I work with are native UK-speakers and some of the
things they come up with are jarring to my ear, to say the least.
For "John suggested that Jim _go_ to the show" you find the following
The most innocuous is "John suggested that Jim _should go_ to the show."
The one that drives me wild is "John suggested that Jim _went_ to the show."
And I suspect that there are many people who can't deal with it at all and
try to use sentences that never require the subjenctive.