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The deputies submitted a request that a vote should be taken.

Is it possible to determine from the above sentence whether a noticed vote occured or not? I'm just guessing without any support that this sentence is related to the future (the fact of a voting) and that the one that tells the event happened would have this form: The deputies submitted that a vote should have been taken. Am I right or is it a nonsense and the sentence does not indicate the potential past or future of a vote?

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    If I request that you pay me a million dollars, what can you infer about whether I am now or soon to be a millionaire? You can infer that a request was made, but nothing about whether the request was fulfilled.
    – ColleenV
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 19:10
  • As an aside, it really ought to be "...submitted a request that a vote be taken" or else some variation on "...asserted that a vote should be taken."
    – phoog
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 22:24
  • No, we have no idea from the sentence alone whether a vote was actually taken. (Although, I don't know what you mean by a "noticed" vote. Commented Jun 5, 2016 at 2:51

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A request is a request. The sentence is neutral on whether the request was fulfilled.

Incidentally, I consider should to be out of place in that sentence.

Corrected version:

The deputies submitted a request that a vote be taken.

Example of correct use of should:

The deputies voiced their opinion that a vote should be taken.

Usually, people prefer to avoid the subjunctive altogether:

The deputies submitted a request for a vote.

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