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The Mandative Subjunctive and Putative Should

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Title: The Mandative Subjunctive and Putative Should
Authors: Sonoda, Kenji
Issue Date: 31-Mar-1994
Citation: 長崎大学医療技術短期大学部紀要 = Bulletin of the School of Allied Medical Sciences, Nagasaki University. 1994, 7, p.45-59
Abstract: This paper is an attempt to clarify which of the two forms, the present subjunctive (the mandative subjunctive) and should (putative should) is more preferably used than the other in BrE and AmE in the subordinate clauses when the main clauses take such words as suggest, necessary, proposition, etc. This paper also tries to see how the frequencies of the above forms have changed in late ModE and tries to find out what caused the changes. The materials examined are 50 weeklies and monthlies, and five anthologies, which were published in Britain and the United States. In BrE, the mandative subjunctive is used in approximately 40 percent of the instances; putative should is still used in about60 percent. In current AmE, the mandative subjunctive is used in 83 percent of the instances, and the putative should is still used in 17 percent in AmE in 1993. In BrE, putative should was more preferably used in the past. However, the mandative subjunctive has been on the increase in recent years in BrE. In AmE, the mandative subjunctive does not seem to have been used so often in the past, at least in writing. On the contrary, it seems to have been putative should that was used more predominantly in the past, and it was not until around 1950 that at length the mandative subjunctive replaced putative should and began to be used more saliently in AmE.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18211
ISSN: 09160841
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
Appears in Collections:Volume 7

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/18211

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