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  1. Champleon's Avatar
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    be deported or were deported?

    From TIME magazine: "a fact the White House discovered recently when more than 270.000 people joined a demand that
    misbehaving por star Justin Bieber be deported to his native Canada".

    Being the passage written in the simple past tense, why is not the subjunctive form of "to be" in the past tense?: i.e were


    Thanks.

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    Re: be deported or were deported?

    It is the present subjunctive. They demanded that he be deported. The present subjunctive uses the bare infinitive. The sentence can also be in the present tense. "We demand that he be deported", or any other tense, "They will have demanded that he be deported."
    "... if Justin Bieber were deported..." is the past subjunctive. But there's no call for that here.

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