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    Subjunctive

    "Article 81(3) entails an assessment of the pro- and anti-competitive effects of agreements and requires, for agreements to be exempt, that they are not unduly restrictive of competition."

    I think "they are not unduly restrictive" is wrong and should read "that they not be unduly restrictive." The book I got that sentence from, however, was written by two Britons, and I've heard that the subjunctive is falling into disuse in the UK. My question, then, is whether a British teacher would accept such a construction as correct.

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "Article 81(3) entails an assessment of the pro- and anti-competitive effects of agreements and requires, for agreements to be exempt, that they are not unduly restrictive of competition."

    I think "they are not unduly restrictive" is wrong and should read "that they not be unduly restrictive." The book I got that sentence from, however, was written by two Britons, and I've heard that the subjunctive is falling into disuse in the UK. My question, then, is whether a British teacher would accept such a construction as correct.

    Thanks!
    I would write "that they not be..."

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Agree -- I would use the subjunctive in this case.
    Ask any number of American students what the subjunctive is and tell me how many of them give you the right answer :)

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would write "that they not be..."
    Yes, sahab bhai. So would I, and so would the threadstarter. But the question was: would you as a British teacher of English accept the other usage as correct?
    Last edited by probus; 11-Feb-2011 at 18:05.

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Yes, sahab bhai. So would I, and so would the threadstarter. But the question was: would you as a British teacher of English accept the other construction as correct?
    It would be widely accepted as correct, whether I like it or not.

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    Re: Subjunctive

    Again, a matter of UK vs US usage.

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