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    Thumbs up maintenance

    It is imperative that the

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    Re: maintenance

    ... that the... what?
    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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    Re: maintenance

    I imagine Ali is looking for something like 'It is imperative that the X be maintained.' I dislike this structure, but it's very popular among examiners! I'd be happier with 'is' or 'should be' instead of 'be' (which would be decried by many as ungrammatical). Better still, I'd avoid the 'It is imperative that...' structure entirely. It sounds to me unnecessarily grandiloquent ('grandiloquent' = 'hi-falutin-sounding' ) What's wrong with 'You must...', reinforced, if necessary, with a tag like 'It's essential'?

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    Re: maintenance

    Quote Originally Posted by ali sa View Post
    It is imperative that the

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Ali Sa.

    (1) This is called the subjunctive.

    (2) When you get time, please type the word in the search box. You may find some helpful threads.

    (3) It is important/ necessary/ imperative that Tom

    be here on time every day.

    bring his books to class every day.

    not talk so much in class every day.

    (4) As you can see, we do not use the "s" form with the subjunctive.

    (5) When I say it is important/ necessary/ mandatory, that is only

    my opinion or wish. It is not reality. So we do not use "s."

    (a) Here is reality:

    (i) Tom is on time every day.

    Tom brings his books every day.

    Tom talks too much every day.

    It is imperative (ONLY my opinion) that a student study (no "s") hard every day.

    Have a nice day!

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