Questions about modification of a verb from its basic form

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“That… be” construction

We will make the convention that exact categories be skeletally small. Is this construction (used in a mathematical context) correct? There is something that strikes me as odd in that "be". Should ...
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Origin of different past tenses for verbs with the same endings?

Why do we have a situation where the past of "to blow" is "blew", but of "to glow" is "glowed"? And don't say "flew" if you mean "it flowed". The poem Lovers, by Phoebe Cary has many examples of these....
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God save the Queen

I was wondering why this expression is not “God saves the Queen”. According to my very first English teacher, when the subject is he, she or it, “to save” is conjugated “he/she/it saves”. Is it an ...
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It is I who am at fault? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “It is they who lied” or “it is them who lied?” What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? Which one of these is correct? It is I who am at fault. ...
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We recommend that he provide/provides?

To my ear "We recommend that he provide an appropriate response" sounds better than "provides" what is this tense/construct called and which is right ?
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How do you conjugate Early Modern English verbs (other than present tense)?

I was wondering how one might conjugate verbs in early modern English in various tenses. I am aware of the fact that for second person and third person singular specifically, the verb endings are -est ...
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What is the correct verb that follows “as well as?” [closed]

Which of the following sentences (1, 2, both, neither) is acceptable? He as well as they are in the wrong. He as well as they is in the wrong. Reopen note: Two things are troublesome about this. ...
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Conjugating verbs for nouns referring to groups of people [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is staff plural? Frequently when reading tech articles, I see sentences like "Microsoft have released ..." or "Apple have announced ...". This seems wrong to me because the ...
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“That … is” or “that … be” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? Simple question, should you say "what matters most is that the merger is successful" or: "what matters ...
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Is “all that he have” correct? [closed]

Should I say "All the things he have will be given to her" or "All the things he has will be given to her" ?