(plural subjunctive moods)
Subjunctive mood is used much more in some other languages, such as Spanish and Latin, than it is in English. Apart from the third-person singular form without the suffix -(e)s (I want that he go), modern English has only one verb that has mutually distinguishable indicative and subjunctive forms — be.
- be (subjunctive present, all persons except for archaic second-person singular)
- I suggest that that measure be taken.
- beest (archaic second-person singular, subjunctive present)
- Stephano!—If thou beest Stephano, touch me, and speak to me; for I am Trinculo:—be not afeared—thy good friend Trinculo. -- 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest
- wert (archaic second-person singular, subjunctive past)
- If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee... -- 1611, The Bible, Job 8:6 (King James (Authorised) Version)
- I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. -- 1611, The Bible, Revelation 3:15 (King James (Authorised) Version)
- were (first- and third-person singular, subjunctive past)
- If John were here, he would know what to do.
See also the conjugation at be.