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If someone says “They insisted that he left”, is there any ambiguity in BrE or in AmE?

Do they mean something like "please go! You must leave!" or could it be "We assure you that he left"?
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Is “What does the woman suggest the man **do** for his vacation?” correct? [duplicate]

I just went through an official English test taken in China, and I saw something rather weird. Whenever I read this sentence, something tells me that the "do" part isn't right, it simply ...
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Negative subjunctive

Some verbs require subjunctive, as in: The UN has demanded that all troops be withdrawn. A student has written: ...my sense of responsibility demands that I can't do that. What is the negative ...
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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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“If I were to”, “If I was to”, & “If I was going to” Which is correct?

Examples: I didn't know if I was going to work next week. I didn't know if I was to work next week. I didn't know If I were to work next week. I think number 1 is correct, but I would like to know ...
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Subjunctive or indicative: “was” or “were” after he [duplicate]

I have a question regarding which it should be: He acted as if he were owner of the place or He acted as if he was owner of the place. Which is correct?
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Are the tenses used in the sentence correct?

From http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-07-31: I'm going to call you Carlos from now on. And it would help if you grew a beard and walked with a limp. Shouldn't it be grow a beard and walk with a limp ...
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Which of “I’d rather it be/were you” is/are correct?

Which of these is correct and why? I’d rather it be you. I’d rather it were you.
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Correction for future in past text

Would it be correct to change this... "He agreed to those changes, but insisted that if the team do not reach the objective by the deadline, the company must commit to implement all the ...
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“Propose that” or “propose for”?

Can the sentence They proposed (that) the book be banned. be rephrased as They proposed for the book to be banned. If so, would it sound (very) informal?
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“As if you have” vs. “As if you had”

I saw this advertisement while waiting for the subway in a town in Germany: English fit for travel, as if you have your teacher with you. Is this proper English? I would have said it should be as ...
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interesting for you to say that

Just heard a non-native English speaker saying this: "Interesting for you to say that, since..." I would have said "Interesting that you should say that" Are both correct and natural? And what ...
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The use of 'that' and the bare form of a verb [duplicate]

Can anyone help me with the use of 'that' and the bare form of a verb in the following sentence? This plan suggested that the supply target for new and renewable energy be increased to 20% by 2020. ...
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Future Conditional Subjunctive?

I assume that "future conditional subjunctive" is not really a term. But that's pretty much what I'm asking about. I often find myself addressing the scenario where (x) one thing "A" may happen in ...
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it's strange that he * it's strange for him to

My wife and I are waiting for a friend. It's late. I say to my wife: It's strange that he should be late. He's always on time. It's strange for him to be late. He's always on time. It's strange that ...
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Use of “were” (subjunctive) [duplicate]

I'd like to know if the use of were is correct in the sentence below or if it should be replaced with was: As if X weren't hard enough already, companies now face the challenge to deliver Y. For ...
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Be it… or grammar [closed]

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they (should) ...
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Sentence structure of “It is time we found out” [duplicate]

I've heard in a lot of movies they use this format : "It is time we found out" Now I would like to know if the sentence " It is time we find out " incorrect and why we are using a past tense in the ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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Using the present tense to write about future events as future events

I'm an undergraduate student. Today, I was writing an email to my department's undergrad adviser to request a meeting to discuss what I will study next year. When I began to write the email, I wrote ...
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Is this subjunctive?

The following is a part of a Lucy Kellaway's column in FT.com. Why do estate agents still exist? Travel agents are gone — or going. Estate agents, who were hated long before Tim Berners-Lee gave up ...
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I was wondering if it WAS / WERE [duplicate]

I'm very doubtful about the use of the subjunctive mood in this particular case. I wrote "I was wondering if it were correct" and someone said it's wrong because I should've used "was" instead of "...
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Should the subjunctive form have been used in this sentence?

I read this in a Facebook post today: "If his participation in the Kardashian circus wasn't already a sign that he were mentally ill, then this is the slam dunk." I would be grateful if ...
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Replacement for “It was as if he was”

It was as if he was messing around with him. Is there an alternative for that sentence so the "double was" can be removed? I believe that it is grammatically correct, but it just doesn't flow well.
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How to correctly express the subjunctive mood in future tense?

1. If the sun rise in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 2. If the sun rises in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 3. If the sun rose in the west, I would give you ten dollars. 4. If the ...
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the use of “were to” to mean “suppose” or “imagine”

Is it okay to use the counterfactual subjuntive verb phrase, "were to" with the present tense of a main clause? I thought that "if subject + were to + verb" should be used with "would" or "could" in a ...
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… suggest that someone have [duplicate]

Q: Is the italicised verb form correct in this sentence? Jane's pale face suggested she could be ill: her parents suggested that she have a medical examination. A: The sentence is ...
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Subjunctive that has no subject? [duplicate]

Like it or not, . . . (Whether you like it or not) I've come across this kind of phrase many times, but this is the only one--among no-subject subjunctives--that I can be sure it's common and right ...
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Is “were I you” archaic?

Would the following usage be considered archaic? Were I you, I would ask her for a date.
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Are these subject-dependent inversions?

Consider these sentences: Be it ever so humble,... Hallowed be your name. I think these two have similar structure whose elements are merely arranged differently; why I think so is they can also be ...
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Present or Past?

In this sentence: "It might be relaxing if you read a book" - why is the verb 'read' in past tense? Why isn't the verb 'read' in past tense with this example: "Why not read a book?" I'm just trying ...
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Subtle difference between “I insist he be punished” and “I insist he should be punished”?

I insist he be punished. and I insist he should be punished. What's the SUBTLE difference between them?
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or are ...
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“will” vs. “would” in conditional clauses [closed]

What's the difference between the following: If he is in the US now, he would be in New York. If he is in the US now, he will be in New York. Does #2 necessarily mean that he will be in ...
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“There were lots to do” vs “There was lots to do…”: is the backward existential still used?

I read in a book: There were lots to do on the farm: feeding the hens, collecting the eggs, going on a hay ride, visiting the ducks. To me it seemed odd, that it should have been "There was lots ...
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It Is Imperative That You Be Not Afraid?

A question closed recently as proofreading asked about the grammaticality of the following subjunctive statement: They suggested that the washing machine not be put in that place. To my ear, that ...
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Why is the verb used without “-s” in this sentence? [duplicate]

In order to help the system make a better guess of the corner locations,... In this sentence, why is "make" not succeeded by "s"? It seems it is needed!
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Why is the “were” placed ahead? [duplicate]

Loosely speaking, the mode is the highest bump, the median is where half the area is to the right and half is to the left, and the mean is where the histogram would balance, were it a solid object cut ...
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'Might' is the subjunctive inflection of 'may'; was there ever a subjunctive inflection of 'must'?

I acknowledge that there is no subjunctive mood in English. However, there are variants of some words that we might regard as subjunctive variants. For example, 'might' is the, if you will, ...
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“to require someone to do something” vs “to require that someone do something” [duplicate]

Professor required his students to return their papers typed. vs Professor required that his students return their papers typed. Which of the examples is correct? Do they have the same ...
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User was or user were to store data? [duplicate]

If the user was to store data.... (or) If the user were to store data.... we normally use If I were, If they were but this usage confuses me. I've tried searching in search engines but haven't ...
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Can “wonder if” be followed by a subjunctive clause only?

In the book A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, I've noticed the use of the subjunctive mood after wonder if: In truth, he had scarcely considered the mudmen at all, beyond eyeing Meera once ...
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I demand they do… / I demand them to…

According to practically every grammar I've encountered, "I demanded them to leave" is incorrect English. I've quite literally spoken like this all my life; I don't know if it's a dialectal thing (I'm ...
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Question on use of subjunctive [duplicate]

In the classic American children's show Spongebob Squarepants, one line in the theme song goes like this: If nautical nonsense be something you wish and it is then followed by the chorus. My ...
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Unreal Conditional and Subjunctive [duplicate]

I have read that in using unreal conditionals, irrespective of personal pronouns, it mandatory to use subjunctives to form verbs. " If Jack was playing they would probably win " - if I am correct, ...
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'that' + (pro)noun + infinitive: what grammar is behind such construct? [duplicate]

While reading a technical book, I stumbled upon the following sentence: It is important [that all Java programmers be fully versed in, and comfortable with, the traditional approach]. For me, it's ...
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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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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against the ...
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Understanding sentence starting with “were” [closed]

I am reading a economics book and the following sentence confuses me: Were such individuals to gain a lot of money, they would stop buying insurance. It seems strange to me. What is the meaning ...

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