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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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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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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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"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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She requires that he undergo/undergoes an exam [duplicate]

Is it undergo or undergoes? I have the vague impression that the former is more correct, but I'm not sure what this type of grammatical construction/tense is called.
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Is the Subjunctive Mood always a conditional statement? [duplicate]

I had exam and they asked: I would go to the library every day, if I ____ you. Options: were was I came to know upon reading that question was in subjunctive mood. So, my question is what is the ...
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The use of was and were with singular nouns [duplicate]

"That's a very, very funny question given the time frame, would have been even funnier if it was a month in the future." My friend corrected me, and said it should be "were a month in the future" Is ...
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"Without that" clause

I'm reading Cory Doctorow's Eastern Standard Tribe. He keeps using a sentence construction that I have never seen before: "...my poor pineal gland has all but forgotten how to do its job without ...
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Correct usage of was/were on the object of a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Wasn't” vs “weren't” On a Tuesday morning, which of these sentences is the better way to express that I already want it to be Friday? I ...
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Subjunctive mood

I am just curious, how often this form of Subjunctive mood is used and what alternatives are available to express the very same thing. Examples: I suggest that he implement a budget cut in March. ...
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Do I use "be" or "is" in this sentence? [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? I request that my proposal is communicated to the team for necessary action. I request that my proposal be communicated to the team for necessary action. ...
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"has" or "have"? As in "X requires that Y have ..." versus "X requires that Y has ..."

To me, it seems that the following subtly differ in meaning: X requires that Y have (occurred prior to blah-blah-blah) X requires that Y has (occurred prior to blah-blah-blah) Problem is, I can't ...
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Send versus sends; and has versus have [duplicate]

I did a simple online English test and got two incorrect answers. Could someone please either explain the reason behind these two grammatical mistakes, or direct me in the direction of the grammar ...
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Singular or plural verb after the phrase "each item"? [duplicate]

Which kind of verb should it be used after the phrase "each item" in the following sentence? The law requires that each item clearly display the warranty information. Should it be "displays" or "...
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Explain the verb tense in "I wish I never woke up this morning"

This is from a song by Police, Darkness: "I can dream up schemes when I'm sitting in my seat I don't see any flaws 'til I get to my feet I wish I never woke up this morning Life was easy when ...
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Should we write “allow” or ”allows” in “require that the class allow[s]”? [duplicate]

Can you explain to me whether I should or should not use ‑s at the end of the verb allow in this sentence? This function requires that the container class allow[s] random access The sentence in ...
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Am I using “suggest that” correctly?

I am writing to my manager. I want to suggest making a new service to her. I have problem with this sentence: Can you suggest to them that [Company Name] develops the Italian version of the website?...
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Is there such a thing as a “past subjunctive”?

Is there really such a thing as a “past subjunctive” in English? I actually learned the term “past subjunctive” from my Spanish class. From what I already know, the subjunctive is used with ...
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Is "If you be..." correct? [duplicate]

Are the "If you be my everything..." and "If I be wrong" structures correct? Thank you for the answers!
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Passive/ active statement- specific question

Why don't you come this evening? She ________________ that evening [SUGGESTED] The answer is: suggested coming/that I/we come Why can't it be: 'suggested I came'- because the passive tense changes ...
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Is it correct to say 'I wish some magic happens'? [closed]

Another read I come across in which a guy has written, "I wish you could see that young restless orphan who has no house to live in, none to get food from, whose pshychological centre has been ...
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Subjunctive after certain verbs

I remember a grammatical rule when I learned English that some verbs such suggest, assume, suppose, and so on, require verbs after them be in subjunctive form. For examples, We suggest that she be ...
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"If a huge quake was to hit" — what is it grammatically? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? I am reading an article and wondering about this sentence: How to react if a huge quake was to hit ...
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The structure: all be it rare [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “albeit” pronounced the way it is? Why have the subjunctive and indicative converged in Modern English? When should I use the subjunctive mood? Reading ...
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"She be given" vs. "She is given" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is this sentence correct? “She suggested that he go to the cinema.” Which one is correct? Therefore, I highly recommend that she be given the excellence award. ...
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Why is "be" in "this court rules he be put on probation" an infinitive?

I was watching an old movie, The Little Rascals, and one of the lines from a kid goes: Your Honor, may I suggest... this court rules he be put on probation. I am not sure if be is in infinitive form ...
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Doubt over a sentence with "require"

I'm co-writing a paper in which I have written the following sentence: Many applications of control theory require that the underlying system is controllable. However, upon rereading, I think that ...