by Rob Humbracht
The subjunctive is one of those semi-obscure grammar rules that your students will not have heard of but that you need to know. Students will think the subjunctive sounds weird since it involves using the infinitive form of the verb, even with singular subjects. Weaker writers should avoid the subjunctive altogether, as stringing together correct subject-verb agreements is all that they can hope for. But with a stronger writer, you should insist that she use the proper form of the subjunctive.
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to identify when to use the subjunctive and the appropriate form of the verb in each sentence.
examples adapted from wikipedia
Use #1 - Counterfactuals
The subjunctive is primarily used to express a statement that a speaker does not believe is true or that is contrary to fact. For example: