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    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    I've been trying to inject English grammar into my students these days, teaching them the subjunctive form in the following sentence,

    The statesman suggested that the sales tax (should) be cut down by 2 percent next year.

    That sentence has nothing to talk about. It's absolutely correct.

    By the way, what do you think about this following sentence that came up in my mind? Is it correct?

    "The statesman confirmed that the sales tax is cut down by 2 percent next year."

    which means "the sales tax is planned to be cut down by 2 percent next year, and the statesman confirmed the schedule." It is not in the subjunctive, but in the indicative.

    I have a feeling that the above sentence seems right, but not sure about it.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whsans View Post
    I've been trying to inject English grammar into my students these days, teaching them the subjunctive form in the following sentence,

    The statesman suggested that the sales tax (should) be cut down by 2 percent next year.

    That sentence has nothing to talk about. It's absolutely correct. It's OK with or without "should" but it would be more natural without "down".

    By the way, what do you think about this following sentence that came up in my mind? Is it correct?

    "The statesman confirmed that the sales tax is cut down by 2 percent next year." This is not at all natural.

    which means "the sales tax is planned to be cut down by 2 percent next year, and the statesman confirmed the schedule." It is not in the subjunctive, but in the indicative.

    I have a feeling that the above sentence seems right, but not sure about it.
    Bhai.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Bhai.
    Thanks so much. It's not natural at all. I guess I have to use the following sentence to deliver my intention. Is that right?

    The statesman confirmed that the sales tax would surely be cut down by 2 percent next year.





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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whsans View Post
    Thanks so much. It's not natural at all. I guess I have to use the following sentence to deliver my intention. Is that right?

    The statesman confirmed that the sales tax would surely be cut down by 2 percent next year.




    It's OK but "surely" is not necessary and, as I said before, "down" is not very natural.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    "surely" is not necessary, and "down" is not natural. I got all of them. Thanks so much.

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whsans View Post
    I've been trying to inject English grammar into my students these days...
    That's a novel approach! How's it working so far?

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    You can introduce things to your students. You can inject ideas into a situation. But don't try to inject your students with anything unless you are a physician.
    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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