5. Other Uses of Subjunctive I

Sei and seien – “to let be”:

Es sei hier erwähnt, daß . . .
Let it be mentioned here, that . . .
[or:] Let us mention here that . . .

X und Y seien die Achsen.
Let X and Y be the axes.

Recipes, directions (usually with the pronoun “man” as the subject):

Man koche ein Liter Wasser.
Boil a liter of water.

Man nehme ein Pfund Schokolade.
Take a pound of chocolate.

Wishes and exhortations:

Lang lebe die Königin.
Long live the Queen.

Er ruhe in Frieden.
May he rest in peace.

Last revised on March 8, 2017.