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OG - SC 48

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OG - Sentence Correction 48:

The report recommended that the hospital eliminate unneeded beds, consolidate expensive services, and use space in other hospitals.

Does anybody know why it is not as below? (verbs with s for third person).

The report recommended that the hospital eliminates unneeded beds, consolidates expensive services, and uses space in other hospitals.
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13 Jun 2007, 13:17
This is called the subjunctive mood. It is used to express desires, recommendations and orders.

Example:
"The landlord ordered that Mary leave the premises immediately", in this case the verb is "leave" instead of "leaves", and you would normally use it.

Hope it helps.

From wikipedia:
In grammar, the subjunctive mood (sometimes referred to as the conjunctive mood) is a verb mood that exists in many languages. It typically expresses wishes, commands (in subordinate clauses), emotion, possibility, judgement, necessity, and statements that are contrary to fact at present

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OG - Sentence Correction 48:

The report recommended that the hospital eliminate unneeded beds, consolidate expensive services, and use space in other hospitals.

Does anybody know why it is not as below? (verbs with s for third person).

The report recommended that the hospital eliminates unneeded beds, consolidates expensive services, and uses space in other hospitals.
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Joined: 25 Nov 2006
Posts: 336
Schools: St Gallen, Cambridge, HEC Montreal
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13 Jun 2007, 15:31

I know the tense from my native language, but I did not see this in OG, Kaplan and Princeton.

Does it appear often on the GMAT?
How to conjugate with to be, to have, to do, etc...??
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14 Jun 2007, 07:43
I don't think this mood appears that often, but it is definitely a must-know if you want to score well.

In the Manhattan SC book, you will find a detailed explanation of this, I'd recommend that you get that book.
14 Jun 2007, 07:43
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