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“Important that John bring/brings” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? Given the sentence John brings his lunch to school, is it correct to say It is important that John brings his lunch to school (...
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Is “ask something be done” grammatical? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? The city council has asked a comprehensive survey be performed in order to determine the measures to lessen the serious traffic ...
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Under what circumstances can the word “be” be used directly without any change? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? 2 examples first: 1.It is announced that the accounting class of the 3rd and 4th hours on the morning of this Wednesday be cancelled ...
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“If he is polite, then he gets the job”, or “if he be polite, then he gets the job”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? Which sentence is grammatically correct? Which sentence make sense (apart from syntactical analysis)? First? Second? Both of them? Are ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

The sentence I am unsure about is: A rigid adherence to the doctrine of precedent would have resulted in a country where segregation was lawful but minimum wages were not. I'm confused by the ...
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“We propose the session focuses on …” or “We propose the session focus on …” Which is correct? [duplicate]

I understand a verb in English needs to match the sentence subject. Is the subject here "we" or "session", or am I seeing this incorrectly?
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Why doesn't the singular verb “pass” take an “-es” suffix in this sentence? [duplicate]

As I was studying Peterson’s Master TOEFL Writing Skill, I saw the sentence: Teamwork requires that a player pass the ball whoever is in the best position to make the goal. I wonder why pass does ...
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Proper use of “be” [duplicate]

He required that the essay be both brief and cogent. Is there an issue with the verb "be" in this sentence?
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Agency recommended that she 'not face' charges? [duplicate]

An excerpt from the sub-headline of a recent article in the WSJ: FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday explained why his agency recommended that Hillary Clinton not face criminal charges for her ...
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Could you explain this construction? [duplicate]

What is the construction be + verb (perfect form)? I have come across it multiple times in legalese. For instance: to ensure that every person be granted adequate assistance
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Verb usage wth third peron [duplicate]

Why do we write. He talks as if he were my master? Shouldn't the verb be singular in this case? And if not then why?
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“I thought it was important that he say it in his own voice.” – That he say it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? I have often come across constructions such as the one highlighted below and wondered how to explain the grouping of a third person ...
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Correct form of verb after “I wish” [duplicate]

What is correct form: I wish I were a king. or I wish I was a king. I need some explanation.
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Usage of the subjunctive often? [duplicate]

I have studied English extensively, yet I haven't seen various forms of the subjunctive ever, for example the third person singular and the negative form. They sound so wrong in my ears. Are they (the ...
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“is” or “be” in the mentioned sentence? [duplicate]

Should I use "is" or "be" in the following sentence? What can be said for sure is that it is essential for the challenge that the claim is/be made officially. If the above sentence has a ...

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