A Short Subjunctive Rant

No, I didn’t mean subjective, though this will be that, too.

If you’ve ever learned a foreign language, you know what the subjunctive tense is. It’s the “if” verb tense, the one that accompanies things that might happen. English has a subjunctive tense, though it’s largely ignored. You probably use it without knowing it, and only use it correctly about half the time. If that.

Here’s an article on the subjunctive mood in general, and here’s one on the subjunctive specifically in English. But if you don’t want to read them, then you’re just like the rest of the world who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about proper grammar.

To you I say, shame on you.

How do you expect the future to be better when the present is so apathetic? Complain all you want about political correctness and inclusiveness and whatever else people complain about, but the fact that no one knows of the English subjunctive is indicative (which is also a verb tense you probably don’t know about) that the future is not going to get better.

No one cares enough to do things right. No one cares enough to learn the rules and then break them. Everyone just wants to do what’s easiest for them. And what’s easiest for them is writing whatever they feel like, grammar be damned. If they even write at all, and don’t just use emojis.

But, why would I expect anyone to know the subjunctive when they’re, there, and their is misused billions of times a day?

A world that doesn’t know and doesn’t care to know grammar is a selfish world. A world with its head so far up its own ass that it doesn’t think the rules apply. A world of special snowflakes.

A selfish world is an ignorant world. And ignorant worlds don’t get better, they get more selfish and more ignorant.

So stop spreading misinformation. Stop using bad grammar. Stop not caring about anything but your own ignorant opinions.

The entire world’s knowledge is at your fingertips. Use it.


(I’ll probably explain how to use the subjunctive at some point in the future. But right now I’m just too irritated.)

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