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    subjunctive

    I have one query about these sentences

    1) I requested that he be present at the hearing.
    2) She wishes her boyfriend were here.

    I was told that

    [B]For Verb "be",/B]

    In present subjunctive we use "be".
    In Past subjunctive we use "were" for verb "be"
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    My question is as per above "

    in 1) we should use "were" as it is in past tense.
    and in II we should "be" in place of "were" as it is in present tense. I think "were" can also be used as it is used to discuss something in the present also.

    Please guide


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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    I have one query about these sentences

    1) I requested that he be present at the hearing.
    2) She wishes her boyfriend were here.

    I was told that

    [b]For Verb "be",/B]

    In present subjunctive we use "be".
    In Past subjunctive we use "were" for verb "be"
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    My question is as per above "

    in 1) we should use "were" as it is in past tense.
    and in II we should "be" in place of "were" as it is in present tense. I think "were" can also be used as it is used to discuss something in the present also.

    Please guide

    Ok this is not necessarily as you see.
    In 1)
    the request is a past action but in this context it is obvious the person requested in the past that he be at the hearing NOW.
    (Yesterday I requested it so that he would have time to be here today)

    In 2) this sentecne expresses a wish. This type of wish follows the structure of conditional sentences type 2
    If + past subjunctive + conditional
    (If her boyfriend were here, she would be happy)
    In this case we simply replace "if" by "I wish" continue with the past subjunctive, and omit the rest of the sentence.

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    Re: subjunctive

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    I have one query about these sentences
    1) I requested that he be present at the hearing.
    2) She wishes her boyfriend were here.
    I was told that
    [B]For Verb "be",/B]
    In present subjunctive we use "be".
    In Past subjunctive we use "were" for verb "be"
    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    My question is as per above "
    in 1) we should use "were" as it is in past tense.
    and in II we should "be" in place of "were" as it is in present tense. I think "were" can also be used as it is used to discuss something in the present also.
    Please guide

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    Re: subjunctive

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    I am still Awaiting the response
    Thanks
    Hasn't it already been answered by https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post156254?

    If not, please reword it, paying close attention to your consistency with numbers (as I didn't understand it, so can't see how the answer is insufficient).



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    Re: subjunctive

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Hasn't it already been answered by https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post156254?

    If not, please reword it, paying close attention to your consistency with numbers (as I didn't understand it, so can't see how the answer is insufficient).



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