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How should it be:

1) They would have liked their friend to drink less.

2) They would have liked that their friend drink less.

If none of the two sentences is correct then how should I say?

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Sentence 1 appears to be correct.

The second is grammatical, but literary or archaic. With "liked it that" it would be a little more natural, but still a bit literary, definitely not something you would hear someone say in conversation.

although,

If none of the two sentences

should be

If neither of the two sentences

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    I would say that the second is grammatical, but literary or archaic. With "liked it that" it would be a little more natural, but still a bit literary. – Colin Fine Jan 30 '17 at 13:17
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    I would agree with that, definitely not something you would hear someone say in conversation unless they fumbled their words. – Michael Curry Jan 30 '17 at 13:18
  • Now, I have another question. In a written text, can I use the two versions (1) and (2), especially when talking about people who lived more than 100 years ago. – Robert Werner Jan 30 '17 at 17:23
  • @ColinFine With sentence #2 you need to change "drink" to "drinks" – SovereignSun Nov 20 '17 at 16:02
  • "that he drink less" is a correct use of the subjunctive. – James K Apr 7 '19 at 6:46

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