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Should it be "stopped" and "attended" instead? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:31:16 PM
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In 2017, the High Court sentenced Chan to two weeks' jail, but suspended the sentence for a year, on the condition that she stop flouting the order and attend monthly psychiatric sessions. She breached the conditions, resulting in the court lifting the suspension in April last year.


Should it be "stopped" and "attended" instead?

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4:42:01 PM

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No, these are correct. They are subjunctives.


On the condition that
...she stop flouting the order
...she attend monthly sessions
...she be nice to people


Quote:
When is it used?
You are most likely to encounter the subjunctive in formal writing or speech. You’ll also encounter it in the following scenarios:

1. In that-clauses
Nowadays it is probably most frequent in that-clauses with verbs such as demand, insist, pray, recommend, suggest, and semantically related nouns/adjectives, e.g. essential, important, insistence, proposal, etc.

She declined a seat beside Charles on the sofa. She insisted that Jane sit there.

It was suggested that he wait until the next morning.

It is important that they be aware of the provisions of the Act.



The timing is not in the past - those were the conditions laid down at that time. Then, later, she broke them.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:21:05 PM
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Many thanks, thar, for the detailed reply.
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