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    Usage of 'subjunctive'

    Two questions

    1. What is meaning of following the sentences

    Be that as it may.

    People demand that troops be withdrawn.

    (Does it mean that troops should be withdrawn by someone.)

    She insisted that he be present.

    (Does the 'be present' show meaning in past or future? And does It order that he should be present there.)


    2. Is the following sentence correct?

    I wish I were doing job with you guys.

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    Re: Usage of 'subjunctive'

    I count 4 questions. In the future, only ask one question per thread.

    "Be that as it may" is a set phrase.

    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/be+that+as+it+may

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    Re: Usage of 'subjunctive'

    Quote Originally Posted by shahjehansoomro View Post
    Two questions

    1. What is meaning of following the sentences

    Be that as it may.

    People demand that troops be withdrawn.

    (Does it mean that troops should be withdrawn by someone.) Yes. "Someone" is the person or entity that has the power to withdraw the troops.

    She insisted that he be present.

    (Does the 'be present' show meaning in past or future? Depending on the context, it can indicate past, present or future. In your sentence, "present" means "in attendance." And does It order that he should be present there. Yes)


    2. Is the following sentence correct?

    I wish I were doing job with you guys.
    Number 2 is not correct. Can you clarify what you mean to say? "I wish I were doing that job with you guys" and "I wish I were working with you guys" both work. Remember that "you guys" is very informal.

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    Re: Usage of 'subjunctive'

    Yes I wanted to say I wish I were working with you guys

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