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German Subjunctive

 
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Liendo



Joined: 29 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:25 pm    Post subject: German Subjunctive Reply with quote

Present conditional
Er würde nicht kommen, wenn. . .

Subjunctive
Er käme nicht, wenn. . .

The German subjunctive is used mostly in literature, but does it really matter which one you use? In speech, is the present conditional used more often?
This subjunctive mood is the only thing I have problems with because it seems so Boring...
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Amikeco



Joined: 20 May 2006
Posts: 114

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many use the first version, though it sounds somewhat uneducated, and you're right, you shouldn't use it when writing formal stuff like essays, though sometimes, the second version can cause ambiguities, so that the first version must be used.

I can't prescribe which version you want to use and won't do it. ;)


If you have any doubts about certain forms, then use this helper: http://www.canoo.net/index_en.html. :)


By the way: Welcome! Very Happy
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