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Grammar - English Proficiency Test - Someone send(s)?


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« on: September 07, 2010, 03:31:34 PM »

http://www.transparent.com/learn-english/proficiency-test.html
Sorry for spoiling the test for some of you, this was the only mistake (of 3), I did not understand.

Mr. Hawkins requests that someone _________ the data by fax immediately.
A.  sent
B.  sends
C.  send
D.  to send

he sends....
someone sends...
the girl sends...
Mr. Hawkins requests that someone sends...

Can somebody explain why sends is wrong and send is right?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 01:32:58 PM »

Yeah, I had english as a subject at school and I speak, write. read it every single day. this doesn't make sense to me either. I have gone through all that I have learned about tenses and grammer and stuff but cant come up with a explanation either, I am stumped??
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 03:13:43 PM »

I have been explained this 'requests that' construction makes it subjective, it makes the following sentences correct.

Mr. Hawkins requests that someone send the data by fax immediately.
Mr. Hawkins requests that I be kicked from school.
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2010, 10:00:36 AM »

Oh yes of course ;) I understand now.
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2010, 04:32:06 PM »

Ah, so here it's like a form of subjunctive. Good to know. :)
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 03:39:44 PM »

In all honesty, both "send" and "sends" could be correct, at least from my point of view as a native English speaker. :\
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 03:08:33 PM »

I know this is a bit of an older thread, but I just read it. Anyway, I found a Wikipedia link here that explains the English subjunctive.

As razorbeamz mentioned, you can use "sends"; see the section called "Present and past subjunctive" in the above link. Specifically, compare

1) Mr. Hawkins requests that someone send the data by fax immediately / It is high time that we bought a new car
2) Mr. Hawkins requests that someone sends the data by fax immediately / It is high time that we buy a new car.

The first example is the past subjunctive, and the second example is the present subjunctive. According to the article, the present and past subjunctive forms are considered different from each other in modality, not in temporality.

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