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    Default Structures like 'it requires that'

    Hello!

    How are structures like the one below called?

    To interpret a radiocarbon result in terms of calendar age requires that it be calibrated.

    Can you say "...requires it to be calibrated" ?

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    Default Re: Structures like 'it requires that'

    Yes, that would have the same meaning. In both cases, you don't say who must do the calibrating.
    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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    Default Re: Structures like 'it requires that'

    Ok, and what's the name for this kind of structures? Complex Object/Subject?

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    Default Re: Structures like 'it requires that'

    Quote Originally Posted by undeddy View Post


    To interpret a radiocarbon result in terms of calendar age requires that it be calibrated.

    Can you say "...requires it to be calibrated" ?
    I'm not the best at naming these things, but the pink is one big noun phrase, which is the subject, the blue of course is the verb, so the green is [?] the complement/object [?].

    I confident on my names for the first two, but I don't know what you'd call "that it be calibrated." It's what is required, so does that make it a direct object? I think so.

    As a whole, the sentence is not that complex, but the grammatical subject of the sentence is a big phrase!
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    Default Re: Structures like 'it requires that'

    What I'm not that confident about is the usage of to-infinitive or bare infinitive in phrases like this. Is there some rule?

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    Ah. You'll need someone else to come answer this. As my signature line says, I know what reads well, but not what to call things.
    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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