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    Hello.
    Tell me please, why there is not infinitive or ending "s" with "develop"?

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    It is imperative that a business develop a reliable accounting system to capture and summarize its voluminous transaction data."

    Thanks.


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    It's a present subjunctive. If you look at these results, you'll see the form more clearly.

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    Default Re: (to) develop(s)

    Quote Originally Posted by diver View Post
    Hello.
    Tell me please, why there is not infinitive or ending "s" with "develop"?

    "It is imperative that a business develop a reliable accounting system to capture and summarize its voluminous transaction data."

    Thanks.
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    diver, good morning.

    (1) It is imperative/ important/ necessary/ my wish/ my demand that a business DEVELOP/START/BEGIN....

    (2) This is the so-called subjunctive.

    (3) It is just an idea in the speaker's mind.

    (4) It is not reality -- yet.

    (5) Tom comeS to school every day at 7 o'clock. = reality.

    (6) It is imperative (my order) that Tom come to school every day at 7 o'clock. Maybe he will obey me or maybe he won't.

    Thank you. (P.S. Of course, some native speakers do not always use the subjunctive when they should.)

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