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How do you use subjunctive in such situations? Have I correctly written the following?

It is necessary to have a farm of your own

Is this right? If not, why?

It is necessary be have a farm of your own.

Of course, I have asked this question, considering the following:

It was his order that all forests be protected.

His order was that all forests be protected.

A quick Google search for "it is necessary be have".

  • What significance do you think the Google results have? You've included them here, but you haven't explained why. – snailboat May 5 '14 at 20:03
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Change the second sentence to "It is necessary that you/we have a farm of our own".

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"It [subject] is [verb] necessary [adj.] to have a farm of your own [adv.]."

"It [subject] is [verb] difficult [adj.] to quit smoking [adv.]."

This isn't subjunctive mood; it is the use of an infinitive in an adverb clause that modifies an adjective.

"Use the subjunctive in that clauses following verbs that demand, request, or recommend."

e.g. ". . . ordered that. . . ."

The Little, Brown Handbook, Ninth Edition

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Your first example is correct:

It is necessary to have a farm of your own.

Your second example is incorrect:

It is necessary be have a farm of your own.

"be" and "have" are both verbs and they conflict when used together in this sentence. You could write:

It is necessary to be a farm of your own.

This is correct grammatically (but doesn't mean anything useful.)


I don't understand what your examples with the trees are for. They don't seem related to the rest of the question.

  • Possibly a misreading of 'It is necessary (that) he have a farm' which would be correct though stilted, and is related to the forest examples. – TimLymington Apr 5 '14 at 20:08

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