In Article Two of the United States Constitution there is this Statement:
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed
Now I want to know whether "be" can or should be replaced by "are", and why is it not in the said Statement.
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It is important that John is at the meeting.
It is important that John be at the meeting.
To me these two sentences have different meanings. The first presuppose it to be a fact that John is at the meeting, and says that fact is important. The second requires or recommends or prescribes John's attendance at the meeting.
I think many in England, and some in America, do not use the second form in the present day.