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    belly_ttt is offline Senior Member
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    What's the best of three?

    It's urgent that she phones the police
    It's urgent that she phone the police
    It's urgent that she should phone the police ?

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    the first one It's urgent that she phones the police

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    What's the best of three?

    It's urgent that she phones the police
    It's urgent that she phone the police
    It's urgent that she should phone the police ?
    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.

    When ajectives like "essential, crucial, important, imperative, urgent, necessary" are used to express urgency, the subjunctive mood in the dependent clause, which is attached to an independent clause, should be used. So,
    It's urgent that she phones the police.
    It's urgent that she phone the police.
    It's urgent that she (should) phone the police.
    Last edited by albertino; 04-Aug-2007 at 15:57.

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    Many men, many minds.
    Let's see if the three are right:
    My father suggests that my sister should work in a bank
    My father suggests that my sister work in a bank
    My father suggests that my sister works in a bank

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    BNC database?

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    BNC database?
    It stands for the British National Corpus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Many men, many minds.
    Let's see if the three are right:
    My father suggests that my sister should work in a bank
    My father suggests that my sister work in a bank
    My father suggests that my sister works in a bank
    I choose the second one:
    My father suggests that my sister work in a bank.
    The first one I would change to:
    My father says that my sister should work in a bank.
    In the third one your father seems to be guessing at where your sister works.

    ~R

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