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I would prefer that she do that

and

I would prefer that she did that

Why one is present subjunctive do and the other past simple did

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I prefer she do that. [now]

Certain verbs take a bare infinitive (a better term than subjunctive). I recommend or advise she go now. Prefer, recommend and advise all take a bare infinitive in the third person.

I would prefer that she did that. [there is less chance of her doing it].

This is structured like: I would prefer if she did that.

I would like it if you did that. [an second or unreal [some say irrealis] conditional]. That is: If + simple past and the main clause using the present conditional.

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  • but I would prefer that she do that is correct or not – user5577 Nov 4 '18 at 15:38
  • it was recommended that the factory close his door at 7 or closed in this case – user5577 Nov 4 '18 at 17:03
  • that is what I think but I found this example and was surprised – user5577 Nov 4 '18 at 17:17
  • It was recommended that the company closed its foreign offices. /www.talkenglish.com/grammar/mood.aspx – user5577 Nov 4 '18 at 17:19
  • Correct sentences for 1, 2, and 4: 1) I wish I would be able to buy this car 2) It was recommended that the company closed its foreign offices. 4) Our manager insists that the group be reorganized. – user5577 Nov 4 '18 at 18:20
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Both are and can be used in everyday conversations but the correct one is:

I would prefer that she did that.

Cheers Travis

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  • Does this mean that the other one is incorrect? – Michael Rybkin Dec 21 '18 at 15:25
  • I believe strictly grammatically yes. – Travis_h Dec 21 '18 at 16:23

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