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According to most grammar books, such several verbs as insist, demand, propose etc following that-clause can omit modal auxiliary "should" in that-clause. For example, "He insisted that we (should) start at once." But I recently read a book explaining that omitting should sounds old English. This untraditional explanation makes me feel confused, as it contradicts my old belief(This is especially so because the author of the book is one of the prominent translators in Korea.)
So, here is my question.
Which one sounds more natural to you? Does the sentence without should sound really "ancient" English?
Last edited by HUFS1999; 03-Jun-2008 at 07:52.
I think you've got your Englishes the wrong way round, HUFS1999. The more natural American English would be without 'should', e.g.
He insisted (that) we start immediately.
I suggested (that) he start immediately.
The subordinate committee recommended (that) the subjunctive be abolished. (JOKE!)
British English, on the other hand, more commonly uses 'should'.