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    be / is

    I saw a sentence in my book like ''It is important that everybody be told truth''. Why isn't it like ''It is important that everbody is told truth''.
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: be / is

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello. Gorkem Atay:

    As I understand it, there are three acceptable ways to say that:

    1. It is important that everybody be told the truth.

    2. It is important that everybody should be told the truth.

    3. It is important that everybody is told the truth.


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    Here in the United States, #1 is still the preferred way.

    "Be" is called the subjunctive.

    One uses the subjunctive when referring to something that is not a reality.

    Maybe these examples would be easier to understand:

    4. I demand that you be / should be/ are at the office by 8 a.m. tomorrow.

    a. I am talking about tomorrow.
    b. I am talking about something that I demand.
    c. Maybe you will not obey my demand.
    d. There is no reality to that sentence. So that is why Americans usually would not use "are." "Are" refers to reality: "They are at the office now."


    James

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    Re: be / is

    Hello TheParser,

    This information enlighten me so much not only for this title but also for another issues in my head. Thanks for your detailed answer.
    Last edited by Gorkem Atay; 02-Aug-2014 at 16:09.
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    #4

    Re: be / is

    Parser, this is a different kind of subjunctive. It is called the mandative subjunctive. It does not depend on the subject being hypothetical or counter-factual. It is used following verbs that deal with demand, request, recommendation, or expectation (among others).

    I demand that he be there.
    I request that he be there.
    I recommend that he be there.
    I expect that he be there.

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    #5

    Re: be / is

    Mandative. I like that!

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