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    I shall ask that...

    Hello!

    I am writing an action/romance story in English, which isn't my first language, and I'm stumped by a phrase I want to use.

    The main bad guy has made an evil plan, parts of which he's disclosing to an ally of his, and says:

    "I shall ask that she returns to me."

    Somethings rubs me as off there. Is the right phrasing

    "I shall ask that she return to me"? And if so, could someone explain the rule behind it so that I don't mess up in the future?

    Thank you in advance,
    Kevral


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    Re: I shall ask that...

    The difference between the two sentences lies in the mood. The first sentence is in indicative mood, the second in subjunctive.

    ENGLISH PAGE - Subjunctive

    The Subjunctive is used after the following verbs:

    to advise (that)
    to ask (that)
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    #3

    Re: I shall ask that...

    Thank you.

    So I should go with the subjunctive form, since ask here has the meaning of demand?

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    #4

    Re: I shall ask that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevral View Post
    Hello!

    I am writing an action/romance story in English, which isn't my first language, and I'm stumped by a phrase I want to use.

    The main bad guy has made an evil plan, parts of which he's disclosing to an ally of his, and says:

    "I shall ask that she returns to me."

    Somethings rubs me as off there. Is the right phrasing

    "I shall ask that she return to me"? And if so, could someone explain the rule behind it so that I don't mess up in the future?

    Thank you in advance,
    Kevral
    "I shall ask that she return to me." is much better. See svartnik's post for more information.


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    Re: I shall ask that...

    Thank you both!

    (and wow, you're fast! )

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