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    It is important to me for her to study English

    It is important to me for her to study English.



    Does this sentence make sense?

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    It is important to me for her to study English.



    Does this sentence make sense?
    I understand what it means but it's not the most natural way to say it and I think some people might be confused by it. I would try "It is important to me that she study English" (note you will also hear "that she studies English" here).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I understand what it means but it's not the most natural way to say it and I think some people might be confused by it. I would try "It is important to me that she study English" (note you will also hear "that she studies English" here).

    I know 'should' is omitted between she and study.

    Will it be grammatical if we say '...that she studies English'?

    What should I answer my students if they claim

    they have heard 'It is important to me that she studies'?


    I've taught that we should say 'It is important to me that she should study' or

    'It is important to me that she study'.

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

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    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Will it be grammatical if we say '...that she studies English'?
    It's called the subjunctive. Some people ignore it, some don't.

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    We don’t use the subjunctive very much in contemporary English unless we wish to sound very formal. With verbs like suggest, recommend, insist and adjectives like important, essential, imperative, crucial, vital, we often use should + infinitive instead of the subjunctive or we can use the normal tense form. The reporting verbs and adjectives above are normally followed by a that-clause in which that itself is often omitted.

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I know 'should' is omitted between she and study.

    Will it be grammatical if we say '...that she studies English'?

    What should I answer my students if they claim

    they have heard 'It is important to me that she studies'?


    I've taught that we should say 'It is important to me that she should study' or

    'It is important to me that she study'.
    What you have been taught is correct but so many people use "that he/she + third pers sing form" that (in my experience) it is no longer considered wrong. I always tell my students that if they can remember to use the bare infinitive then that's great and I always remind them of it but I would not tell them "that she studies" is incorrect. Having said that, it's impossible to tell what the people marking a test or an exam think so in a formal exam situation I advise them to use the bare infinitive. I don't advise them to use "that she should study".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I always tell my students that if they can remember to use the bare infinitive then that's great and I always remind them of it but I would not tell them "that she studies" is incorrect. Having said that, it's impossible to tell what the people marking a test or an exam think so in a formal exam situation I advise them to use the bare infinitive. I don't advise them to use "that she should study".
    It's not the bare infinitive in 'It is important that she study', though it has the same form; it's the present subjunctive. It is the bare infinitive in 'It is important that she should study'.

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    Re: It is important to me for her to study English

    Sorry, I should have said that it looks like the bare infinitive as opposed to the full infinitive with "to" before it. I was avoiding the usual danger of mentioning the subjunctive. OK, I'm a coward!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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