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In one of the most stunning reversals in the history of marketing, the Coca-Cola company in July 1985 yielded to thousands of irate consumers demanding that it should bring back the original Coke formula.
(A) demanding that it should
(B) demanding it to
(C) and their demand to
(D) who demanded that it
(E) who demanded it to

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23 Aug 2004, 07:36
hi guys
Can somebody explain me the concept of subjunctive please.
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23 Aug 2004, 07:49

The Subjunctive Mood
A verb is in the subjunctive mood when it expresses a condition which is doubtful or not factual. It is most often found in a clause beginning with the word if. It is also found in clauses following a verb that expresses a

doubt, a wish, regret, request, demand, or proposal

These are verbs typically followed by clauses that take the subjunctive:
ask, demand, determine, insist, move, order, pray, prefer, recommend, regret, request, require, suggest, and wish.
In English there is no difference between the subjunctive and normal, or indicative, form of the verb except for the present tense third person singular and for the verb to be.

The subjunctive for the present tense third person singular drops the -s or -es so that it looks and sounds like the present tense for everything else.

The subjunctive mood of the verb to be is be in the present tense and were in the past tense, regardless of what the subject is.

Incorrect: If I was you, I would run.
Correct: If I were you, I would run. (The verb follows if and expresses a non-factual condition.)

Incorrect: I wish he was able to type faster.
Correct: I wish he were able to type faster. (The second verb is in a clause following a verb expressing a wish. It also suggests a non-factual or doubtful condition.)

Incorrect: His requirement is that everyone is computer literate.
Correct: His requirement is that everyone be computer literate.
(Subordinate clause follows main clause with a demand.)

Incorrect: He recommended that each driver reports his tips.
Correct: He recommended that each driver report his tips.

Sometimes we may use the conditional auxiliary verbs of could, should, or would to express the same sense.
Subjunctive:I wish he were kinder to me.
Conditional: I wish he would be kinder to me.

Note: In modern English, the subjunctive is only found in subordinate clauses.

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Let me know if this helps, else I will try to explain in my own words
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23 Aug 2004, 10:00
subjunctive is to express a Verb situation that is doubtful or uncertain. Here, (meeting of the) "demand", or any other in BOLD, is doubtful. Thus, subjunctive applies. These (bold) keywords you need to keep in mind and, yes, the tone of the sentence too. Wherever subjunctive applies the subordinate clause or the third party takes the present form.

Take our SC for eg. "demanding that is should" will make the past tense, but "that is bring back" keeps the present form.
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