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This is an example of the subjunctive: The Subjunctive is used to emphasize urgency or importance. It is used after certain expressions (see below). Examples: I suggest that he study. Is it essential that we be there? Don recommended that you join the committee. http://www.englishpage.com/minitutorials/subjunctive.html
No, it's fine without s. Requires that takes the subjunctive.
'The first thing was ...' The subject of the verb 'to be' is 'thing.' You could say, 'The first things were...' –
"Whatever is left" is a noun clause with Subject-Verb-Complement order. That clause serves as the subject of the independent clause that has "can be given" as its verb.
That is the case of Present Subjunctive in the sentences denoting requirement, advice, demand, order, etc. When the main clause has the verb denoting one of the above mentioned meanings, then in subordinate clauses subjunctive is used, i.e. a verb without -s.
In my village dialect, not far from Newcastle, UK "them's" is used as a short form of "they are" or "those are". Not grammatically correct but understood but all locals. Foreign language students would do well to avoid using it.
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