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TOEFL Structure Part 9: Importance-Subjunctive Verbs


Problem 9 Importance-Subjunctive Verbs
Remember that the following verbs are used before that and the verb word clause to express importance.

ask
demand
desire
insist
prefer
propose
recommend
request
require
suggest
urge

S
V
that
S
Verb word

Mr. Johnson
prefers
that
she
speak
with him personally

Avoid using a present or past tense verb instead of a verb word. Avoid using a modal before the verb word. Note: The verb insist may be used in non-subjunctive patterns in the past tense. For example: He insisted that I was wrong.

INCORRECT : The doctor suggested that she will not smoke.
CORRECT : The doctor suggested that she not smoke.

INCORRECT : I propose that the vote is secret ballot.
CORRECT : I propose that the vote be secret ballot.

INCORRECT : The law requires that everyone has his car checked at least once a year.
CORRECT : The law requires that everyone his car checked at least once a year.

INCORRECT : She insisted that they would give her a receipt.
CORRECT : She insisted that they glve her a receipt.

Exercises
Part A: Choose the correct answer.

Less moderate members of Congress are insisting that changes in the Social Security System _________ made.
(A) will
(B) are
(C) being
(D) be

Part B: Choose the incorrect word or phrase and correct it.

Many architects prefer that a dome is used to roof buildings that need to conserve floor space.
(A) (B) (C) (D)

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