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# It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient

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08 Mar 2015, 09:58
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It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.

A.visits
B.will visit
C.would visit
D.visit
E.should visit
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08 Mar 2015, 10:30
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Hi..

Here's the reason why:

This sentence is in the subjunctive mood and not in the indicative mood. The subjunctive mood is the verb form used to express a wish, a suggestion, a command, or a condition that is contrary to fact.

The Subjunctive is used after the following verbs:
to command (that)
to demand (that)
to desire (that)
to insist (that)
to propose (that)
to recommend (that)
to request (that)
to suggest (that)
to urge (that)

Indicative Mood: A patient visits him or her once in a year

Subjunctive Mood: It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visit him or her once a year.

If you need explanations regarding any other answer choice, feel free to ask.

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08 Mar 2015, 19:35
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Hi Entwistle

thank you for the explanation!!!

Actually am confused why visits cannot be used.
It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.
whats wrong with this statement? Can you please elaborate
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08 Mar 2015, 19:46
Naina1 wrote:
Hi Entwistle

thank you for the explanation!!!

Actually am confused why visits cannot be used.
It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.
whats wrong with this statement? Can you please elaborate

hi Naina1,

as the sentence is in subjunctive mood, the verb is always in its basic form..
basic form of visits is visit....
the form of the subjunctive mood question is..
ask/demand/request/suggest/etc that he/she/noun [color=#0000ff]pay/go/basic form of verb[/color]...
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08 Mar 2015, 19:50
thanks Chetan...got it
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08 Mar 2015, 21:16
Hi Naina:

Here are some fundamentals about verb forms:
1. Verbs have five different forms viz. infinitive, present, past, present participle, and past participle.
Example 1:
to visit (infinitive)
visit (present plural)
visits (present singular)
visited (past)
visiting (present participle)
visited (past participle)
NOTE: here the past and the past participle are the same.

Example 2:
to eat (infinitive)
eat (present plural)
eats (present singular)
ate (past)
eating (present participle)
eaten (past participle)
NOTE: here the past and the past participle are not the same.

The correct rule for subjunctive case:
The verb is always in the present plural form. That is why the verb in the given sentence is visit and not visits.

Hope this helps.

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08 Mar 2015, 21:19
chetan2u wrote:
Naina1 wrote:
Hi Entwistle

thank you for the explanation!!!

Actually am confused why visits cannot be used.
It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.
whats wrong with this statement? Can you please elaborate

hi Naina1,

as the sentence is in subjunctive mood, the verb is always in its basic form..
basic form of visits is visit....
the form of the subjunctive mood question is..
ask/demand/request/suggest/etc that he/she/noun [color=#0000ff]pay/go/basic form of verb[/color]...

Hi Chetan:
By basic form did you mean present form of a verb?
If yes, then both visit and visits are in the basic form. However, the difference is that visit is the plural form and visits is the singular form.
Regards,
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09 Mar 2015, 07:16
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Entwistle wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
Naina1 wrote:
Hi Entwistle

thank you for the explanation!!!

Actually am confused why visits cannot be used.
It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.
whats wrong with this statement? Can you please elaborate

hi Naina1,

as the sentence is in subjunctive mood, the verb is always in its basic form..
basic form of visits is visit....
the form of the subjunctive mood question is..
ask/demand/request/suggest/etc that he/she/noun [color=#0000ff]pay/go/basic form of verb[/color]...

Hi Chetan:
By basic form did you mean present form of a verb?
If yes, then both visit and visits are in the basic form. However, the difference is that visit is the plural form and visits is the singular form.
Regards,
Entwistle

hi Entwistle ,
what i mean by basic form is base form of verb and base form of verb is the infinitive form ...
and what we use in subjunctive mood is the infinitive or base form and not present plural...
it is the form which you will use in case you prefix to and this 'to' can be dropped...
it will be to visit .... and cannot be to visits, to visiting etc.... so what i meant by basic form was base form.....
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09 Mar 2015, 07:46
chetan2u wrote:

hi Entwistle ,
what i mean by basic form is base form of verb and base form of verb is the infinitive form ...
and what we use in subjunctive mood is the infinitive or base form and not present plural...
it is the form which you will use in case you prefix to and this 'to' can be dropped...
it will be to visit .... and cannot be to visits, to visiting etc.... so what i meant by basic form was base form.....

Hi Chetan:
I found your point interesting and I did some reading; here's what I discovered:
1. There's no change in the indicative and subjunctive mood of verbs except for third person singular. In the third person singular form of the verb in subjunctive mood the -s or -es is dropped.
2. The form of the verb to be is 'be' in the subjunctive mood for present tense and 'were' for the past tense. The subject doesn't matter.
Thanks for stirring my curiosity. I learned something new
Cheers!
Also... I see that you're the verbal moderator now... I look forward to frequent interactions!
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24 Apr 2015, 12:45
AmrithS wrote:
Hi..

Here's the reason why:

This sentence is in the subjunctive mood and not in the indicative mood. The subjunctive mood is the verb form used to express a wish, a suggestion, a command, or a condition that is contrary to fact.

The Subjunctive is used after the following verbs:
to command (that)
to demand (that)
to desire (that)
to insist (that)
to propose (that)
to recommend (that)
to request (that)
to suggest (that)
to urge (that)

Indicative Mood: A patient visits him or her once in a year

Subjunctive Mood: It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visit him or her once a year.

If you need explanations regarding any other answer choice, feel free to ask.

Regards,
Entwistle

Hi ,
How do we identify if a statement is in subjunctive mood ??
You have given list of verbs .. If i see any of these verbs in statement should i consider it in subjunctive mood and use basic form of verb ?
Or are there any other checkpoints i need to check in statement consider it in subjunctive mood ?
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11 Sep 2017, 21:03
Naina1 wrote:
It is likely for a dentist to ask that a patient visits him or her once a year.

A.visits
B.will visit
C.would visit
D.visit
E.should visit

This is a case of subjunctive so we need verb in bare infinitive form .
Here to ask is acting like a bossy verb
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