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    try or tried?

    Hi,

    I would like to know the correct answer tot he following question:

    I suggested that she _______ calling after lunch but she ignored me.

    1) try
    2) tries
    3) tried
    4) trying

    Appreciate a quick reply.

    Thanks and regards,
    Asha

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    Re: try or tried?

    tried

  3. matilda
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    try

    the first one is correct. you do everything on the first part of the complex sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matilda
    try
    the first one is correct. you do everything on the first part of the complex sentence.


    I suggest that she "try" calling after lunch but she ignores me??

    tried makes more sense then "try" tried is in the past tense but even so its hard to say


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    I'm not very keen on it.... but I would say "tried" is the correct answer, as in spanish, you have to use the verb in its past form.

  5. matilda
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    i think Tdol. Mrp or other great teachers should answer it.

    it's better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyLastestPlague
    I suggest that she "try" calling after lunch but she ignores me??
    tried makes more sense then "try" tried is in the past tense but even so its hard to say
    "Tried" is the past tense right enough, but the past tense is already there in "suggested". Try this sentence: "I suggested that she tried..." It doesn't quite work does it?

    What's required here is actually the present tense, but in the subjunctive mood.

    The subjunctive mood is dying out in English, but this is one example where it is still often used: following verbs of command or request. "Suggest" here is a verb of command (although it's a very mild command).

    The subjunctive looks like the basic form of the verb. Here are some examples:

    I inisist that he leave now.
    They recommended that Jane appeal the sentence.
    We suggest you be here tomorrow.

    In British English, this rule is not quite so well-known, and many native speakers get it wrong. Instead, we sometimes use "should", like this:

    I insist that he should leave now.

  7. matilda
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    finally TRIES or TRY?


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    try


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    okk .. i'm pretty sure the answer is "try" .. but it's still a little strange haha.

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