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As far as I know, there are some specific verbs, nouns, and adjectives that subjunctive can only be used with. Wanted to know is this a fix rule, that is, really isn't it possible to use other things in the form of subjunctive? My question concerns "It is intended that":

It is intended that the new method be able to address the previously mentioned shortcomings.

Many thanks

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  • It is attempted that is not correct English. Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 13:02
  • @PeterShor Thanks peter for picking up on this. What's another word to be used instead that conveys the same meaning? I mean sth just instead of attempted that.
    – Erfan Brv
    Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 13:22
  • It is aimed that isn't correct English either, How about It is intended that? Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 13:23
  • @PeterShor This one is much better, but I'm curious to know whether there isn't really something with the same meaning as try or effort to substitute it for attempt?
    – Erfan Brv
    Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 13:32
  • Why are you even using "It is intended"? This is simpler: The new method is intended to address the previously mentioned shortcomings. And it is less cumbersome.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 4 at 17:12

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The verb "intend", (here in the form "It is intended that...") is one of the (rare) cases that can trigger the subjunctive.

With other verbs (It is aimed ... or It is attempted ...) don't licence a content clause "that ...", and you can't use the subjunctive.

More generally, avoid the subjunctive, if possible. It usually isn't the clearest way to express an idea.

We intend for the new method to be able to address the shortcomings of the old method.

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  • Thanks for your informative answer
    – Erfan Brv
    Commented Jan 3, 2023 at 19:31
  • It is attempted is not idiomatic here at all.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 4 at 17:14
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Avoid expressions like "it is intended" when it is not needed.

It is intended that the new method be able to address the previously mentioned shortcomings. =

The new method is intended to address the previously mentioned shortcomings.

Usage: [Something] is intended to address [something else]

When do you need It is intended?

Example: This game is well designed for this age group. It is intended for adolescents (over 13 years of age) and not small children.

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  • Sorry for the delay to notice the answer and so many thanks for your favor.
    – Erfan Brv
    Commented Mar 6 at 20:49

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