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    Subjunctives

    It is important that all luggage ....... for identification, before being loaded into the aircraft.

    1. to be labelled
    2. must be labelled
    3. should be labelled
    4. be labelled

    Based on Michael Swan's claim, both 3 and 4 could fit here.(Subjunctive structures). But the answer key shows No.4!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    It is important that all luggage ....... for identification, before being loaded into the aircraft.

    1. to be labelled
    2. must be labelled
    3. should be labelled
    4. be labelled

    Based on Michael Swan's claim, both 3 and 4 could fit here.(Subjunctive structures). But the answer key shows No.4!

    Thanks!
    Hello, Freeguy.

    I have no objection to Michael Swan's argument/explanation.

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Is the test/workbook based on American English? We are less likely to use the "should" construction.
    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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    Re: Subjunctives

    I think it's a matter of taste. Michael Swan wrote his book based on both style. British and American. Subjunctives can be followed by should or without it from his point of view. I don't know when we can leave out should and when we can't, you know!

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Subjunctives can be followed by should or without it from his point of view. I don't know when we can leave out should and when we can't, you know!
    Barb has already told you that speakers of AmE are less likely to use the 'should' construction. I will tell you that, in BrE, we are more likely to use a 'should' construction or an indicative.

    Incidentally, the 'should' construction is a modal construction, not a subjunctive,

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    Re: Subjunctives

    .... and "be labelled" is the best option for AmE. I think most BrE speakers would write "is labelled" here (not in your key). They haven't used English in years! :)

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I think most BrE speakers would write "is labelled" here (not in your key). They haven't used English in years! :)
    Obviously I haven't used English for years as I would use is labelled if I had the option.

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Obviously I haven't used English for years as I would use is labelled if I had the option.
    No worries, you will catch on soon. And while you're at it, change the spelling to "labeled".

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    #9

    Re: Subjunctives

    When you stop saying cellphone.

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    Re: Subjunctives

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    When you stop saying cellphone.
    No problem. I say cell phone.

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