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Which of the following is correct?

  1. I request that my proposal is communicated to the team for necessary action.
  2. I request that my proposal be communicated to the team for necessary action.

I would appreciate further discussion on the topic so that I do not make similar mistakes or face this indecision in future.

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marked as duplicate by tchrist, Hellion, Matt E. Эллен, Kristina Lopez, jwpat7 Mar 5 '13 at 0:57

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Be. The verb request can take a tenseless that-clause complement, as well as an infinitive complement (I requested that he do it, I requested him to do it). However, request can't take a tensed that-clause: *She requested that he is here is ungrammatical. – John Lawler Mar 4 '13 at 1:20
Using be there would also be somewhat archaic, innit? I be using it all the time, but not in formal writing. – theUg Mar 4 '13 at 2:28
@theUg In no fashion whatsoever. You would be considered an unlettered brute to use is there. It makes no sense, and would be considered wholly ungrammatical in this country. Perhaps you are a foreigner, though. – tchrist Mar 4 '13 at 2:35
@theUg Apparently you do not understand the mandative subjunctive. More’s the pity. Avoid a job in broadcasting. – tchrist Mar 4 '13 at 2:38
@theUg: "Being a barbarian I are," must be "Being the barbarian I are,", as any true unlettered barbarian will tell you. – user21497 Mar 4 '13 at 2:43
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Be is the correct word.

For some helpful guidelines, check out Richard Nordquist's definition of "Subjunctive Mood" at http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/subjuncterm05.htm He gives a nice overview of when and how to use it.

Best wishes!

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