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American English. Please help me identify the correct form of 'become' in the following sentence:

I'm sure we'd all rather I became a bit more self-sufficient. Using became feels right, but I would appreciate anyone who could explain what's going on grammatically here. I think become is in the ...
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I wish my father “were having the stuff” or “was having the stuff”? [duplicate]

"I wish my father were having the stuff" or "I wish my father was having the stuff" .. "And what if I wish my father having the stuff", is that bring different time definition? Thank you..
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why did this author use the plural verb “do” after “he”?

Teddy's father is a prominent physician who puts a great deal of pressure on the boy to achieve at a very high level. As an only child, Teddy felt that all his father wanted from him was that he ...
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'Before he enter on the execution of his office […]'

This is the pretext of the oath of office of the President of the United States. I wondered why they use the structure 'he' plus infinitive and not 'he' plus -s as it is usually used. I've already ...
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Is the subjunctive mood something that can exist without manifesting a change in the verb?

Is the subjunctive mood a condition which might not be expressed through any change in the verb, or is it a description that only applies when the verb changes? For example: "Mary ought be here soon."...
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How does one parse 'woe betide'?

How would one parse the sentence 'Woe betide anyone wearing the wrong colour'! 'Betide' is clearly the main verb, meaning 'happen'; as in 'they waited wondering what might betide'. But clearly '...
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We recommend that he provide/provides?

To my ear "We recommend that he provide an appropriate response" sounds better than "provides" what is this tense/construct called and which is right ?
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how to conjugate verb in dependent clause inside subjunctive mood

In the sentence I pretended that I understood, lest he think I am stupid or deaf. the "he think" part is definitely present subjunctive, but I'm not sure how the "I am" part should be conjugated. ...
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“That… be” construction

We will make the convention that exact categories be skeletally small. Is this construction (used in a mathematical context) correct? There is something that strikes me as odd in that "be". Should it ...
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Conjugation of “smite” - unsure of all forms

Smite is an interesting word for which I found a use today. However, my understanding of its conjugation is as follows: I/you smite He/she/it smites We/you/they smite And then "I was smitten (down/...
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God save the Queen

I was wondering why this expression is not “God saves the Queen”. According to my very first English teacher, when the subject is he, she or it, “to save” is conjugated “he/she/it saves”. Is it an ...