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    #1

    FORM OF VERB

    I wonder if I am right with the forms of verb in these following sentences:
    I am writing a passage about a lecture last week. My teacher told us something.
    I write like this
    He requested that each student (chose) a topic by next Monday.
    He suggested that the papers (were) typed.

    But, sometimes I think they could be "choose,be typed" instead of "chose, were typed".
    Anyone could correct them for me.
    Thank in advance.

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    #2

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    I agree with you on both suggestions.

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    #3

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    So, using "chose,were typed" is not corret.
    And with the context like that, we have to use the form "choose,be typed" all the time?

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    #4

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    Yes.

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    Re: FORM OF VERB

    Thank you so much!!!
    When I wrote those sentences, I knew I're wrong and I have been asking my 3 friends who major in English. But they gave me the wrong answers. They always tell me to use the Simple Past tense.

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    #6

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    That's why we're here.

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    #7

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That's why we're here.
    I love you guys so much!!

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    #8

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    Tell them it is called the 'subjunctive mood'.
    http://grammarist.com/grammar/subjunctive-mood/
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: FORM OF VERB

    The past-tense forms would be acceptable to most speakers of British English. Purists might insist that these mean something different, that the speaker was suggesting that these things had happened, but this distinction means little to many speakers.

    The subjunctive does not exist for the majority of speakers of BrE, except in a few fossilised phrases such as Rule Britannia, Long love the Queen and, for some, If I were you.

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    Re: FORM OF VERB

    I would definitely use "choose" and "be". (BrE speaker, aged 65)

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