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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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"Be allowed" vs "is allowed" [duplicate]

Which of the following is grammatically correct? It is important that the bandwidth, which controls the function, be allowed to vary... or It is important that the bandwidth, which controls the ...
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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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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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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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He drink only five liquids [duplicate]

while reading NYT's review on the Gladwell's last book I stumbled upon a rather strange passage: In the weeks I spent listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, I learned that lobsters have ...
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What is the number of the verb in "We require that"? [duplicate]

I am writing a paper in which I need an object to satisfy a condition. (I can give the specifics here, but it seems to be irrelevant to the question.) The object is singular, so I originally wrote (...
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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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