There was a question in my exam yesterday which had unnecessarily odd wording, it goes like this:
Unless you make sure that the flowers ________ soon, they will go dead.
Passive-voice is used needlessly I believe. However, among the answers, 2 seemed to be both correct.
- be watered
- are watered
I would almost always go with: ... That the flowers ARE watered. However, is "be watered" possible too?
I think they both are correct but mean slightly different things.
Unless you make sure that the flowers are watered soon, they will go dead. : The emphasis is on "making sure", to be certain that they indeed are watered.
Unless you make sure that the flowers be watered soon, they will go dead. : The emphasis is on WATERING the flowers, which is a command.
Is this... right? Or am I just making it too complicated?