English Grammar


subjunctive or not subjunctive ?

Which is the right way of saying this :
"Bruno could go to the bank and ask them to lend him some money" 
or "Bruno could go to the bank and ask them lend him some money" (subjunctive)
I supposed one should use subjunctive after verbs expressing order suggestion demand ....
but the Gymglish correction tells me not to use but to write :... "ask them to lend him some money"
Can someone explain it to me ?
Thank you

2 comments

  • There are two grammar possibilities with that sentence.

    1° a "to-infinitive" clause
    Bruno could ask the bank to lend him some money.
    I think it's a quite common way of saying.
     
    2° a "that-clause" with present subjunctive
    Bruno could ask (that) the bank lend him some money.
    or Bruno could ask the bank (that) they lend him some money.
    or (I think more formal) Bruno could ask of the bank that they lend him some money.
     
    In your version, Ginette, the verb 'lend' has no subject as you make 'them' a direct object of ask.
  • Hi AhQ, just wanted to say thank you for providing so many excellent replies!

    All the best,

    Edward

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