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Which of these two are more correct?

1) When clicking the Edit customer button, I would expect the changes be transferred to the edit view.

or

2) When clicking the Edit customer button, I would expect the changes to be transferred to the edit view.

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Your choice #2 is correct. The word expect must be followed by an infinitive with to, so you must say:

I would expect the changes to be transferred...

While the following is ungrammatical:

*I would expect the changes be transferred...

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What if you consider "be" to be the subjunctive form of "to be"? Can't a clause in the subjunctive mood follow the verb "expect"? –  mac389 Nov 8 '12 at 18:38
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@mac389: that construction would require the complementiser that. This might be omitted in casual speech, but for most speakers the subjunctive is incompatible with causal speech. –  Colin Fine Nov 8 '12 at 20:29

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