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Can you please tell me if I've used the subjunctive correctly in this sentence?

Sara and Seema's insistence that the book feature as its cover a controversial photograph caused a lot of disagreement among publishing executives.

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  • The sentence is not incorrect, but "feature a controversial photograph as its cover" could be better than "feature as its cover a controversial photograph". We rarely separate a verb from its direct object, unless perhaps the adverb phrase in between is fairly short and the object noun phrase is fairly long.
    – aschepler
    Sep 24, 2017 at 23:14

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Yes, the verb "feature" is correctly in the subjunctive mood.

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Yes, it's correct. There is also nothing wrong with how you've worded it. Aschepler answered it differently as he didn't like where you place "as its cover"; however, I have no problem with it in your answer. Yours may sound a little poetic, but I don't even think that. I wouldn't flinch if someone said that to me.

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