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I'd like to know how frenquent the use of the subjunctive is in spoken English. Are sentences like the ones below natural?
Is it essential that we be there before 8?
The doctor recommended her not to eat fat food.
The manager recommended that Bob not be at the meeting.
I'd rather say:
Is it essential to be there before 8? or (but this one I'm not so sure) Is it essential for us to be there before 8?
Last edited by BrunaBC; 10-Nov-2013 at 22:28.
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They're natural in BrE too, with the same comments that Mike made.
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As others have said, the subjunctive is less used in British than in American English, although I would say that most BrE speakers still find it more 'elegant'.