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Subjonctive



mirela.sorina
Romania

Subjonctive
 
ONE SHOULD PROTECT PETS.
 WHY ARE INCORRECT THE REPHRASINGS?
 
 
1. iT IS VITAL FOR ONE TO PROTECT PETS.
2.IT IS VITAL THAT ONE SHOULD PROTECT PETS. 

20 Jan 2018      



redcamarocruiser
United States

In my opinion, "should" is prescriptive and a suggestion, but does not mean it is vital.Vital means absolutely necessary. Should does not. Should means it is a good idea or recommendation.

20 Jan 2018     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

I ve been thinking about this and I agree with Mary. English isn t big on the subjunctive and I know that some say it doesn t exist. A subjunctive, as Mary says, wouldn t have should in it and it wouldn t have an infinitive either. Therefore, it would be It is vital that one protect one s pets. (No s if you are going to be absolutely correct.)

21 Jan 2018     



mirela.sorina
Romania

Thanks!

21 Jan 2018     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

You rarely see examples of the subjunctive, but here is one by one of my favourite columnists this morning (Liz Jones).
I got this in reply to my invitation that David come to mine for Christmas:  

21 Jan 2018