Date: Wed, 11 Oct 1995 09:05:00 -0700 From: "Sheridan, Kathleen" 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 variations: 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.