Please take a look at these sentences:

A: He recommends/urges (that) she goes to a doctor.
B: The doctor recommended (that) he gives up smoking.
C: It is essential (that) you are given your medication by a properly qualified nurse.

Which of those sentences is correct grammatically?

  • You have asked that same question on another grammar website, where you were told that they are perfectly grammatical. They are alternatives to the mandative subjunctive construction, e.g. The doctor recommended (that) he give up smoking. – BillJ Oct 11 '17 at 8:33
  • Yeah, you said that but I can't accept it that way. According to your scenario, "She go to school" is also perfectly grammatical because it's an alternative to "she goes to school". – Abbasi Oct 11 '17 at 9:09
  • I'd like to hear StoneyB's opinion in this case. – Abbasi Oct 11 '17 at 9:11
  • 1
    "It is essential that he go to school" is a mandative subjunctive construction (plain verb-form), and "It is essential that he goes to school" is the equivalent non-subjunctive. The subjunctive is used more in AmE than BrE, and it is more formal than the non-subjunctive. But both are fine -- it's as simple as that – BillJ Oct 11 '17 at 9:21
  • 1
    Since you ask, BillJ is entirely correct. – StoneyB Oct 11 '17 at 10:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.