Mahican VII Subjunctive

This mode is used to talk of things that have not really occurred, but could or might happen. Conditional phrases of the type ‘if … ‘ use this mode. Also possible events in the near future ‘when…‘ use the subjunctive conjunct mode.

The subjunctive conjunct mode does not use initial change but adds the modal ending (ah) to regular conjunct endings.

Kahnah thāāw pxąąkah.  
It might be cold if it snows.  

Nuya=ch knāāwun wunąąkwiikah.  
I will see you this evening (literally if, when it is evening)  

Áhtāāw=chih katukah.   
It will be there next year.  

(katun be a year)  

Nuyah kátāāw-nāāwun tpohkwiikah.
I want to see you tonight.  

For those verbs where the changed subjunctive form is the same as the subjunctive, the use of preverbs and time/tense words may be used to help to tell them apart:

nąąwahkwat vii be afternoon
Iinih nąąwahkwihkah.
It will soon be afternoon (s32)

Yesterday afternoon. (s32)

When used on its own (not as a secondary verb in a phrase) and paired with the future tense enclitic =ch the subjunctive conjunct provides a way to construct 3rd person imperatives, commands or suggestions:

Let it be so, may it happen, it shall be  
(anāāyuw it-be,happen)  

Let it rain.   

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