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    Why use "assert", not "asserts"?

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    President Obama is claiming executive privilege in refusing to give certain documents to Congress concerning the "Fast and Furious" operation.
    The Justice Department requested that Obama assert the privilege regarding documents concerning the botched gun-smuggling operation.

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    Re: Why use "assert", not "asserts"?

    It's a subjunctive form.

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    Re: Why use "assert", not "asserts"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's a subjunctive form.
    Does assert here mean maintain?

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    Re: Why use "assert", not "asserts"?

    Assert | Define Assert at Dictionary.com

    In this case, definition 3. He is claiming such a privilege exists. Or more exactly, he is claiming that the privilege that does exist applies to this particular case.

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