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    Barron's How to Prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language:

    It is important that the TOEFL office _______ your registration.
    A. will confirm B. confirms C. confirm D. must confirm

    The given answer is C.
    My question is whether 'confirms' can also be used in American English, respectively in conversation, in ordinary writing and in regulations.


    I would very much appreciate it if you could help me with a bit detailed information.

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    We use the subjunctive a bit more in the US (I'm told) than elsewhere, so "confirm" is what I would say and the "official" answer.
    That said, I"m sure a lot of people do say "confirms.
    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: It's important that + verv form

    In a test, "confirm" would be expected. However, as Barb said, you will hear "confirms" as often, if not more often.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Thank you very much, Barb and emsr. Then how would most Americans feel about this test question? Would they think it correct, reasonable or anything?

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    Default Re: It's important that + verv form

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thank you very much, Barb and emsr. Then how would most Americans feel about this test question? Would they think it correct, reasonable or anything?

    NOT A TEACHER
    & NOT AN AMERICAN

    I think it's a bad question. I don't see why "confirm" is the more correct answer.

    You can say, 'It's essential that everyone be here on time*' and 'It's essential that everyone is here on time*.' Both are acceptable and neither of these sentences is any better than the other.

    *English Grammar in Use (4th edition) by Raymond Murphy.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 21-Oct-2012 at 19:02.

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