Конструкции с русским сослагательным наклонением для обозначения хабитуальных ситуаций
This study considers the use of the subjunctive in universal conditional concession (UCC) clauses of the
type Kto by ni prishel, vsekh puskali (‘Whoever would come was admitted’). In these contexts, the use of the
subjunctive cannot be explained by the irrealis component of its semantics, because it can be substituted
with the indicative and apparently introduces real situations. A corpus analysis of this type of subordinate
clauses suggests that here the subjunctive designates non-referential, habitual situations. The claim is supported
by the evidence from the choice of aspect — in indicative UCC clauses, the predicate cannot be perfective
whereas the use of the subjunctive removes this constraint.