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  1. hp3
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    Subjunctive or not?

    Hello, I would like to receive some help on a paraphrasing a sentence.

    The sentence is:

    I must insist that you keep to the rules.

    Is it correct to say:

    I must insist that the rules be kept to. (present subjunctive) or I should use present simple rather that the subjunctive?

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    Re: Subjunctive or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by hp3 View Post
    Hello, I would like to receive some help on a paraphrasing a sentence.

    The sentence is:

    I must insist that you keep to the rules.

    Is it correct to say:

    I must insist that the rules be kept to. (present subjunctive) or I should use present simple rather that the subjunctive?
    Both are correct in the right context.
    In fact, your first sentence is in the subjunctive too. (The plural subjunctive has the same form as the indicative in the present tense). So if you were talking about a boy, you could say "I must insist that he keep to the rules". So either way, it's subjunctive.
    The first sounds better.

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