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    a grammar question

    Hi, techers.

    Bungee jumping has become a popular sport for many young people. It is imperative, though, that youth are aware of the risks in advance. While the rate of injury is extremely low, it is important that safety precautions are taken. Anyone interested in bungee jumping should take some time to ensure that they are aware of the dangers.


    I wonder if the two bold-faced parts are correct or not. I learned the structure "It is imperative/important that S should v ~", so do
    the parts have to be changed like these?

    It is imperative, though, that youth should be aware of the risks in advance.
    It is important that safety precautions should be taken.


    Please give your explanation to me.
    Thanks.

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    Re: a grammar question

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    Grinkl,

    Although the two sentences as written are heard in informal speech, each is a perfect place in which to use the English subjunctive, which simply entails replacing "are" with "be" in both cases:

    It is imperative, though, that youth be aware of the risks in advance.

    While the rate of injury is extremely low, it is important that precautions be taken.

    Adding "should" is not necessary, as it is implied in the subjunctive construction.

    GF
    Last edited by Greg Forbes; 13-Nov-2008 at 19:31. Reason: spacing


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    Re: a grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Forbes View Post
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    Grinkl,

    Although the two sentences as written are heard in informal speech, each is a perfect place in which to use the English subjunctive, which simply entails replacing "are" with "be" in both cases:

    It is imperative, though, that youth be aware of the risks in advance.

    While the rate of injury is extremely low, it is important that precautions be taken.

    Adding "should" is not necessary, as it is implied in the subjunctive construction.

    GF
    Thank you very much.~~

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