He concludes: "Pity the poor subjunctive, hanging out with whom as dowdy old contestants on the reality show of English grammar, both wondering which will be voted off by English-speakers first. Once, English was a heavily inflected language like German or Russian. Gradually, speakers got rid of verb endings like –est and –eth, ditched the pronouns thou and ye, and the case-endings on all English nouns except the pronouns. The subjunctive may not survive the coming centuries. That might be a shame, but speakers will do what they will do. Or as the subjunctive might say for itself, with a resigned sigh: so be it."