I'm watching Emma Watson's speech on gender equality. She says

I think it is right that women be involved in the policies

I understand the meaning all right but can anyone explain grammar behind this sentence? I mean "women be involved" . The verb "be" is right after the subject "women." For example, I guess "It is right that women to be involved" or "It is right that women should be involved" would be the right alternatives. Is it colloquial or grammatically correct expression to say that sentence without 'to' or 'should' etc? If so, why is it? Please enlighten me. Thanks!

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    Related question, When should I use the subjunctive mood?. There is a great answer in the linked question. When you see the following adjectives in a that clause, you can use the bare infinitive form of a verb, necessary, desirable, imperative, important, necessary, preferable, optional, permissible, acceptable, okay, all right, satisfactory, desirable, advisable, sufficient, necessary, mandatory, urgent, vital, crucial, essential, fitting, right, appropriate, better, expedient, and legitimate.
    – user24743
    Apr 16, 2016 at 15:41
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    What fools these mortals be! (Shakespeare)
    – GEdgar
    Apr 16, 2016 at 16:08
  • @FumbleFingers Thanks for your answer. How can I migrate this post to English Language Learners? I'm not familiar with these sites... Is there any menu where I can do so? Should I post a new question again on that site?
    – Eugene
    Apr 16, 2016 at 16:41
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    @Rathony Welcome back, victim of the CPVPV.
    – deadrat
    Apr 16, 2016 at 18:35
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    @Rathony Quite the revenant, you are. Welcome back! :)
    – NVZ
    Apr 16, 2016 at 19:18

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THE SUBJUNCTIVE = BASE FORM, is used in noun clauses:

A) AFTER ADJECTIVES, (like the ones in the list mentioned before by Rathony) + THAT...(not omitted) + subject + BASE FORM...),Ex. It is essential that she FINISH that relation. AND,

B) AFTER VERBS, (both lists expressing ADVICE, NECESSITY OR URGENCY) ex.(suggest, insist,demand, recommend,propose,request,urge... + (THAT) - this may be omitted).

  Ex.   His parents insisted (that) he COME (BASE FORM) to visit them more often.

    The verbs in the list may be in any tense, WHAT FOLLOWS THEM WILL ALWAYS BE A **BASE FORM*= subjunctive.

  The first common example of a different form of subjunctive is found when you learn the PRESENT UNREAL  CONDITIONAL which is not used for past situations BUT FOR ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE CONDITIONS AT PRESENT OR FUTURE.

   ex. If he (WERE) more intelligent, he would not marry that woman.
  • Please don't use caps as emphasis. We have markup here and you can use bold or italics but caps are horrid and make your text extremely difficult to read.
    – Catija
    May 6, 2016 at 19:52
  • Sorry, Catija. but when I press BOLD, words do not get black and CAPS appear instead.
    – lalynacar.
    May 6, 2016 at 22:52
  • That's not physically possible. If you use the quick access bold button, it should add a pair of asterisks, not turn on your caps lock key. If that is the behavior you are experiencing, you have some major issues with your system. Note that you can use two asterisks before and after text to make it bold or single asterisks to make it italic... no shortcut needed. Either way, you need to remove all of these caps.
    – Catija
    May 6, 2016 at 22:54
  • I did not understand why this answer was not accepted. Nothing doing with the previous arguments. This is an answer to the original question.
    – lalynacar.
    May 15, 2016 at 18:46

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