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PROBLEM WITH SUBJUNCTIVES

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◦ Some verbs, noun, and expressions require a subjunctive.
◦ A subjunctive is a change in the usual form of the verb.
◦ A subjunctive is often a verb word in english
Importance-Subjunctives Verbs
◦The following verbs are used before that and the
verb words clauses to express importance:
ask recommend
demand request
desire require
insist suggest
prefer urge
propose
S V that S verb word
Mrs. Jhonson prefers that she speak with him personally

◦ Avoid using a present or past tense verb instead of a verb word.


◦ Avoid using a modal before the verb word.
◦ Note:
The verb insist may be used in non-subjunctive patterns in the past tense.
For example: He insisted that I was wrong
Exercise
1. The doctor suggessted that she will not smoke
2. I propose that the vote is secret ballot
3. The foreign student advisor recommended that she studied more English before
enrolling at the University
4. The law requires that everyone has his car checked at least once a year
5. She insisted that they would give her a receipt
Exercise
Incorrect Correct

1. The doctor suggessted that she will not 1. The doctor suggessted that she not
smoke smoke
2. I propose that the vote is secret ballot 2. I propose that the vote be secret ballot
3. The foreign student advisor 3. The foreign student advisor
recommended that she studied more recommended that she study more
English before enrolling at the University English before enrolling at the University
4. The law requires that everyone has his 4. The law requires that everyone have his
car checked at least once a year car check at least once a year
5. She insisted that they would give her a 5. She insisted that they give her a receipt.
receipt.
Importance-Impersonal Expressions
◦ The following adjectives are used in impersonal expressions:
essential
imperative
important
necessary
It is adjective infinitive
It is important to verify the data

OR

It is adjective that S verb word


It is important that the data be verified

◦ Avoid using a present tense verb instead of a verb word.


◦ Avoid using a modal before the verb word
Exercise
1. It is not necessary that you must take an entrance examination to be admitted to an
American University.
2. It is imperative that you are on time.
3. It is important that I will speak with Mr. Williams immediately.
4. It is imperative that your signature appears on your identification card.
5. It is essential that all aplication and transcripts are filed no later than Juli 1
Exercise Correct

Incorrect 1. It is not necessary to take an


entrance examination to be
admitted to an American University
1. It is not necessary that you must take OR It is not necessary that you take an
an entrance examination to be entrance examination to be
admitted to an American University. admitted to an American University
2. It is imperative that you are on time. 2. It is imperative to be on time OR It is
imperative that you be on time
3. It is important that I will speak with Mr.
3. It is important to speak with Mr.
Williams immediately. Williams immediately OR It is
4. It is imperative that your signature important that I speak with Mr.
appears on your identification card. Williams immediately
5. It is essential that all aplication and 4. It is imperative to sign your
identification card OR It is imperative
transcripts are filed no later than Juli 1 that your signature appear on your
identification card.
5. It is essential to file all aplication and
transcripts no later than Juli 1 OR It is
essential that all aplication and
transcripts be filed no later than Juli 1
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