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    Cool Subjunctive

    how do you deal with the subjuctive when using the past tense ?

    example:

    Teacher requested his student that he study /studied harder.

    Thank you for your attention

    Gilles

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    Re: Subjunctive

    [quote=Unregistered;228448]how do you deal with the subjuctive when using the past tense ?

    example:

    Teacher requested his student that he study /studied harder.


    reply:

    The terms present subjunctive and past subjunctive can be misleading, as they describe forms rather than meanings: the past and present subjunctives are so called because they resemble the past and present indicatives, respectively, but the difference between them is a modal one, not a temporal one.


    For example, in "I asked that it be done yesterday," be done (a present subjunctive) has no present-tense sense; and likewise, in "If that were true, I'd know it," were (a past subjunctive) has no past-tense sense.

    In your case I recommend the following:


    The teacher asked his student to study harder.

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