they insist that the results be overturned

is should or have to omitted? Is it something else? Which chapter in grammar books explains this usage of infinitive?

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It is common to use the base form after verbs like demand, insist, suggest, require, particularly in formal situations and particularly in American English.

Historically this is a use of the present subjunctive, but I regard that as an unhelpful label since in modern English it is without exception identical to the base form of the verb.

  • Thank you. "Subjunctive" is what i was looking for.
    – yewgeniy
    Commented Jun 11, 2022 at 22:34

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