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    It is important that she attend/s the meeting

    In the following sentence, does the subject-verb agreement apply or the subjunctive (rule?)? I'm rather confused...If the singular verb "attends" is incorrect, please help me to understand the reason.

    1a) It is important she attend the meeting OR
    1b) It is important she attends the meeting.

    2) should the word "that" be used in the above sentences? --> It is important THAT she........
    - is there a rule to the use of "that"?

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    Re: have or had

    I would use the present subjunctive in 'It is important that she attend the meeting'.

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    #3

    Re: have or had

    Most BE speakers would say 'attends'.

    I would insert 'that'.

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    Re: It is important that she attend/s the meeting

    I would say "it is important that she attend the meeting".

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    #5

    Re: have or had

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Most BE speakers would say 'attends'.
    Would they say 'should attend'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    - is there a rule to the use of "that"?
    Can 'It-clause + that-clause' be the rule?
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 10-Apr-2015 at 08:34.

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    #6

    Re: have or had

    As far as I know many BrE speakers will use "should" to avoid the present subjunctive.

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    Re: have or had

    Yes, I might also choose to say 'It is important that she should attend the meeting'.

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