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    #11

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    A subjunctive construction would be *Let that the club do the work.
    Okay, thanks.

    So could the original sentence definitely not be considered subjunctive at all? Just imperative?

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    #12

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Or something like:

    Let there be light!

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    #13

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Or something like:

    Let there be light!
    Someone told me many years ago that sentences of the pattern above are in the subjunctive mood. I must say I haven't really questioned that until now. The more I think about it, the more it just looks like a straight imperative. I'm not normally particularly interested in grammatical descriptions, but I am curious to hear more about what grammar books have to say. Piscean?

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    #14

    Re: Let the club do the work

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    Piscean?
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    #15

    Re: Let the club do the work

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I'm no grammar expert but I think the verb do in this sentence is in the subjunctive mood, which I think means that although the verb is in the base form, it is not actually an infinitive.
    I assume that you are referring to 'come', not to 'do', in 'Let the club do the work'.

    Here's what some grammarians have to say (my emphasis added :


    Aarts (Oxford Modern English Grammar, 2011.218-9) analyses the clause following LET as NP + bare infinitive.

    Carter and McCarthy (Cambridge Grammar of English, 2006.99) write "Let is followed by an infinitive without to".

    Chalker (Current English Grammar, 1984.150) gives LET in her list of catenative verbs in the section 'Verb + 0bject + bare infinitive'.

    Huddleston and Pullum (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, 2002.934) say that such sentences are "analysable as containing the catenative verb let together with an NP object and (except in ellipsis) a bare infinitival clause as second complement".

    Quirk et al (A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language,1985.1205)list LET in their list of types of verb complementation in the section 'Object + bare infinitive complementation'.

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