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    warnings that it MIND its own business

    Washington is leaping into the middle of heated territorial disputes between China and Southeast Asian nations despite stern Chinese warnings that it mind its own business.---taken from the NYT

    Dear teacher,

    I was wondering why mind is used, not minds since the subject (i.e. it) is singular. Is it subjunctive? If yes, is it warning that requires to be followed by a subjunctive clause? Could you please explain it to me? Thanks.


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    Re: warnings that it MIND its own business

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    Yes, "it mind" is the present subjunctive form.

    In this context, "it minds" would mean that Washington did not concern itself with China's issue which obviously would not be true.

    Note that I used past subjunctive mood in the above sentence to explain, which I'm not sure if I have used it correctly but I hope you do get what I mean.
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    Re: warnings that it MIND its own business

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertT View Post
    student

    Yes, "it mind" is the present subjunctive form.

    In this context, "it minds" would mean that Washington did not concern itself with China's issue which obviously would not be true.

    Note that I used past subjunctive mood in the above sentence to explain, which I'm not sure if I have used it correctly but I hope you do get what I mean.
    Thanks.

    However, I disagree with you. To my way of thinking, a should is omitted before mind in my sentence.

    Is there any native who can give an explanation? Thanks.

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    Re: warnings that it MIND its own business

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    Thanks.

    However, I disagree with you. To my way of thinking, a should is omitted before mind in my sentence.

    Is there any native who can give an explanation? Thanks.
    Yes Robert is right.
    "Should" is not indicated here.
    "China warned US to mind its own business."
    "China says that US should mind its own business."
    "China suggested that US mind its own business."
    You form the subjunctive without "should".

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    Re: warnings that it MIND its own business

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes Robert is right.
    "Should" is not indicated here.
    "China warned US to mind its own business."
    "China says that US should mind its own business."
    "China suggested that US mind its own business."
    You form the subjunctive without "should".
    Thank you, Raymott and Robert.

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