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    Hi dear Teachers,
    Please clarify the difference between
    "It is essential that the government fulfill its promises"
    and
    "It is essential that the government fulfilled its promises"

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    Re: usage

    Let me ask you this first:

    Has the government done anything?
    Is the expectation that they will do something for the future?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    yes,it is for the future. i have read such expressions in newspapers many times.

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    Are you sure you read both of those?

    It's essential the government fulfill its promises.
    It's essential the government's promises be fulfilled.

    Do you see the difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Are you sure you read both of those?

    It's essential the government fulfill its promises.
    It's essential the government's promises be fulfilled.

    Do you see the difference?
    No, no.I understand these two sentences that this is a subjunctive structure. I want to know what is the difference when we use first form and when we use the second form. i.e.
    It is essential that the government fulfill its promises.
    It is essential that the government fulfilled its promises

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoaib 1 View Post
    No, no.I understand these two sentences that this is a subjunctive structure. I want to know what is the difference when we use first form and when we use the second form. i.e.
    It is essential that the government fulfill its promises.
    It is essential that the government fulfilled its promises
    In the former, the speaker is expressing his/her wish that the government will fulfil its promises. In the latter s/he is hoping that the government delivered what it promised.


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    Quote Originally Posted by wace View Post
    In the former, the speaker is expressing his/her wish that the government will fulfil its promises. In the latter s/he is hoping that the government delivered what it promised.
    Not clear.You mean when there is an element of hope, we use second form in the subjunctive structure.And what do you mean when you say ".....hoping that the government delivered what it promised" ?? You mean past or future?

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