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    "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"


    It is not only individuals who die. Species also die or die out. Today there are no longer any sabre-tooth tigers or Irish elk and, one day, certainly, there will be no human beings. Perhaps that is a bad thing but, if so, it is a bad thing we had better learn to live with. The Second Law Thermodynamics will get us in the end in the fantastically unlikely event that nothing else does first. We might perhaps argue about whether and how much this inevitability should distress us but that is not my present purpose. Rather I want to ask whether, given that any given species will at some time disappear, it is better that it disappear later rather than sooner.


    On Becoming Extinct by James Lenman
    I donít know why there is no a subject-verb agreement as there is no a singular verb (disappears) agrees with the preceding singular subject (it). May I know why they donít agree, exactly here?

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"

    I think this is because 'disappear' is used as a present subjunctive, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"




    Is it OK to be added to/included in the already expressions mentioned below, please?


    Expressions Followed by the Subjunctive

    The Subjunctive is used after the following expressions:
    It is best (that)
    It is crucial (that)
    It is desirable (that)
    It is essential (that)
    It is imperative (that)
    It is important (that)
    It is recommended (that)
    It is urgent (that)
    It is vital (that)
    It is a good idea (that)
    It is a bad idea (that)
    http://www.englishpage.com/minitutor...bjunctive.html

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"

    Yes.

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think this is because 'disappear' is used as a present subjunctive, but I am not a teacher.

    Correct, but the list provided by Odessa_Dawn is highly incomplete.

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"

    Would you mind providing a complete one?

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    Re: "it is better that (it disappear?) later rather than sooner"

    I think the phrase "that it disappear" is an appositive for it.

    Not a teacher.

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