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  1. hector51's Avatar

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    A few questions

    Hi everybody!
    I have a few questions to ask:
    1.It is necessary that he find the books (I read this sentence on a grammar book,It says that after the phrases "it is necessary/urgent/important that" we must use verb in simple form,is it right?)
    2. The man,of whom the red car is parked in front of our house,is a prominent physician in this house (is this sentence correct,I mean can we use "of whom" instead of "whose" here,my grammar book says we can't,but I want to know why)
    thanks for your helps!!!

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: A few questions

    Right. That particular verb-form is a remnant of the subjunctive mood. Other main verbs that take a clause housed with a subjunctive verb-form are: advise, ask, beg, decide, decree, desire, dictate, insist, intend, move, order, petition, propose, recommend, request, require, resolve, suggest, urge, and vote.

    2. *The man of whom the red car is parked in front of our house is a prominent physician in this house. <ungrammatical>

    "the red car" belongs to the man; it's the man's car. A possessive pronoun is required: The man whose red car ...

    "whom" is an object pronoun:

    3. The man of whom you speak ... <'whom' refers back to 'the man'>
    4. The man whom you speak of ... <'whom' refers back to 'the man'>
    5. You speak of the man/whom ... <'the man'/'whom functions as an object>


    Hope that helps.

  3. hector51's Avatar

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    Re: A few questions

    thanks very much Casiopea

  4. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: A few questions

    You're welcome, hector.

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