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I preferred she stay/stayed here. Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 4:41:08 AM
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I preferred she stays/stayed here.

Which is the correct verb?

Thanks.
Helenej
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 8:47:42 AM

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I preferred her to stay here.
daniolitheone
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Donthailand
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Both can work.
palapaguy
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 11:35:22 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I preferred she stays/stayed here.

Which is the correct verb?

Thanks.


Both are common, but I think "I preferred she stayed here" is best because the tenses agree.
TMe
Posted: Friday, March 9, 2018 12:05:34 PM

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Consider

I preferred her stay here.

I am a layman.
NKM
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I think I'd say "I preferred [that] she stay here." (Past-tense sentence, but present subjunctive "stay".)

But: "I'd rather she stayed here." {Present-tense sentence, but past subjunctive "stayed".)

Weird, no?

Koh Elaine
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