The Suppositional Mood

The Suppositional Mood

Present Suppositional

should + non-perfect

should do
should be doing
should be done


Past Suppositional

should + perfect infinitive

should have done
should have been doing
should have been done

Types of Subclauses Examples
Subjective appraisal of the action

It is necessary, important, essential, imperative, etc.

that Subject should
It is necessary (that) we (should) be present.

It is important (that) you (should) help your friend.

It is imperative (that) you (should) keep the engagements.
Emotional estimation of the action

It is desirable, advisable, natural, surprising, strange, curious, doubtful, cruel;

It’s a pity;
It’s a shame, etc.
It is cruel that I should make him suffer.

It is funny that we should have forgotten all about it.

It’s a shame that she should prompt me every time I start to speak.

It’s a pity that we should have quarrelled

After passive voice It was decided that all the students (should) prepare Home – Reading reports.

It is requested (required) that the meeting (should) not be cancelled.
After the expressions

It’s high time
It’s about time
It’s time
It’s time we (should) go/went to bed.

It’s high time he (should) be/were more serious.
After the verbs meaning demand, order, advice, insistence, proposal, etc.

introduced by the conjunction “that”
He insisted that the young actress (should) star in the play in the coming season.

He requested that she (should) partner him.

We ask that you (should) listen to our convincing arguments.

Your advice that he (should) wait till next week is reasonable.
After the verbs and expressions meaning fear
(to fear, to be afraid, to be anxious, to be in terror, to tremble, to dread, etc.)


After “lest”
They passengers were terrified lest the ship (should) catch fire.

She worried lest Jane should have caught a cold in the open car.

Our fear lest he should have given away our secret was great.

The girl whispered these words lest somebody (should) overhear her.

She opens the window lest it (should) be stuffy in the room.
After the expressions meaning
astonishment,
regret,
satisfaction

(to be astonished, to be pleased, to be sorry, etc.)

I’m astonished that she should have said so.

I was pleased that she should like the book.

I’m sorry you shouldnt have liked the play.
After the structures:

to think it necessary

to believe it advisable

to consider it important

to find it desirable

to feel it strange, etc. – the

I findit natural that she should want to be a teacher.

They consider it understandable that he should have left without saying good-bye.
In predicative clauses with the meaning of:
demand,
order,
advice,
proposal,
wish,
fear,
insistence, etc. – the
His suggestion was that their plan (should) be turned down.

Her fear waslest he should have changed his mind.

Her wish was that everything (should) be cleared up before the meeting.
In adverbial clauses of problematic (hypothetical) condition If you should meet him, give him my best regards.

If you should find another way out, will you inform me?
In adverbial clauses of problematic (hypothetical) concession Though it (should) rain, we shall have to go.

Whatever he (should) say,

I will not change my decision.
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