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1. The judge recommended that the prisoner be kept in prison for another three months.
2. The judge recommended that the prisoner should be kept in prison for another three months.
3. The judge recommended that the prisoner was kept in prison for another three months.
What is the difference between the three sentences?
Only #1 is correct.
#2 is wrong because you can't use "recommended" with "should". You can use some other verbs, like 'think', with "should".
#3 is wrong because you can't use "recommended" with "was" or with other past tense verbs.
I don't agree with Harry Smith.
I don't agree with Harry Smith either. I hate the Subjunctive mood!
The third sentence is incorrect. The verb "reccomend" should be followed by subjunctive.
e.g. She reccomended that he see a doctor right away.
"Should be kept" - is stronger in emphasing the idea of keeping the prisoner in jail for another three months.
Last edited by Teia; 27-Jul-2007 at 20:35.
In BE, the indicative (base) form of the verb or ‘should’ + the subjunctive ‘be’ is actually used in the subjunctive mood whereas only the subjunctive form is permitted in rather formal AE. ‘Should be kept’ is therefore considered correct in BE and only ‘be kept’ is allowed in AE.
Many of you already voiced your opinion & will continue to disagree. This represents only my view after examining a few British and American grammar books.