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    catoidtang is offline Junior Member
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    Smile We requested that he give us assistance

    "We requested that he give us assistance."
    This should be read as a reported speech, right?
    If not, why "he give us" ? not "he gave us"?

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    Re: We requested that he give us assistance

    The actual words were possibly, "Please give us assistance" (or, "Please help us".)

    A request can be reported with a "that" construction with a present subjunctive form of the verb (that is why "give" does not end in -s: We requested that he give us assistance.

    We could also report this as: We asked him to give us assistance.

    If the actual words were, "Will you please give us assistance", we could report this in either of the ways already mentioned, or as: We asked him if he would give us assitance.

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