chapter  6
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Subjunctive of irregular verbs

The subjunctive, used only in subordinate or dependent clauses, may also occur in main clauses. The present subjunctive can be used to express the possibility that something may, would, or should occur. The perfect subjunctive can also be used with no difference in meaning. The imperfect subjunctive is used to express a regret that something is not currently the case. The pluperfect subjunctive expresses a regret that something was not the case in the past. An interesting use of the potential subjunctive is to express an impersonal construction whose verb is can or could. This chapter also presents matching exercises with unedited Latin excerpts and rough English translations. A short reading relating to o the adventures of Hercules is also presented. These readings give the course a strong sense of narrative cohesion, providing opportunities to develop comprehension and translation skills.