it is reasonable + subjunctive/simple present

Gabriel Malheiros

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brazil
Hi, there

I'd like to know if I should use the subjunctive or the simple present in the following sentence:

"It is reasonable that the person who asks for justice do justice"
or
"It is reasonable that the person who asks for justice does justice"

Thank you
 
  • Gabriel Malheiros

    Senior Member
    Portuguese - Brazil
    You seem to be looking for verbs that result in the use of the subjunctive, but "assume" is ont one of them.

    Try this: We demand that whoever asks for justice do justice.
    So I should use "assume" with the simple present? Even in essays?

    But if I said just "it is reasonable that..", should I use the subjunctive?

    GreenWhiteBlue, I've been strugling with the subjucntive in English for a long time. Please, could you tell me when you use the subjunctive in the US?
    Thank you for all your help, GreenWhiteBlue
     

    Gabriel Malheiros

    Senior Member
    Portuguese - Brazil
    You could say it is reasonable that he should be imprisoned (which is not subjunctive). Don't say it is reasonable that he be imprisoned.
    What about "it is reasonable that he would be imprisoned " or "it is reasonable that he is imprisoned"... Does neither work?
     
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