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    present subjunctive in non-standard English

    eg It was agreed (that) he chair another meeting.

    When I was at college, a teacher told me there was no precedent in standard modern English to justify agree governing the verb in the present subjunctive, (1) so has the language changed so rapidly that nowadays this structure is possible? and (2) did my teacher mean that in dialects in the UK and US, ie non-standard English, it is possible for agree to govern the verb in the present subjunctive?

    Thank you.

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    Re: present subjunctive in non-standard English

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeC View Post
    eg It was agreed (that) he chair another meeting.

    When I was at college, a teacher told me there was no precedent in standard modern English to justify agree governing the verb in the present subjunctive, (1) so has the language changed so rapidly that nowadays this structure is possible? and (2) did my teacher mean that in dialects in the UK and US, ie non-standard English, it is possible for agree to govern the verb in the present subjunctive?

    Thank you.
    Do you have any examples?

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    Re: present subjunctive in non-standard English

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeC View Post
    eg It was agreed (that) he chair another meeting.
    I don't have a problem with that sentence, with 'that' in it. But I don't mind using the subjunctive.

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    Re: present subjunctive in non-standard English

    What sort of UK and US dialects do you consider to be "non-standard English"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: present subjunctive in non-standard English

    Huck Finn talked kinda funny.

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    Re: present subjunctive in non-standard English

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeC View Post
    eg It was agreed (that) he chair another meeting.

    When I was at college, a teacher told me there was no precedent in standard modern English to justify agree governing the verb in the present subjunctive, (1) so has the language changed so rapidly that nowadays this structure is possible? and (2) did my teacher mean that in dialects in the UK and US, ie non-standard English, it is possible for agree to govern the verb in the present subjunctive?

    Thank you.
    I apologize for missing the example sentence in your post.

    Your example sentence works for me (with "that" included). It may work because of the use of the passive voice.

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