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    Question It be

    The title looks funny, I know. However, consider the following sentence:
    "The proposed procedure requires the value of this parameter be greater than 1." I have met a similar construction quite often (or I think so ): Is my sentence correct then?

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    Nyggus

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    Re: It be

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    The title looks funny, I know. However, consider the following sentence:
    "The proposed procedure requires the value of this parameter be greater than 1." I have met a similar construction quite often (or I think so ): Is my sentence correct then?

    Thanks,
    Nyggus
    Yes it is. That is the present subjunctive.


    The subjunctive mood is used in a dependent clause attached to an independent clause that uses a verb such as "ask," "command," "demand," "insist," "order," "recommend," "require" "suggest," or "wish."
    The subjunctive mood is also used in a dependent clause attached to an independent clause that uses an adjective that expresses urgency (such as "crucial," "essential", "important," "imperative," "necessary," or "urgent").

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