why play not plays ?

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Jouet
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why play not plays ?

Post by Jouet » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:57 pm

It is required that the government play an important role in stopping depressions and recessions in industrialized countries.

Why don't we use plays instead of play in the above sentence?

Source : Ultimate grammar workbook published in Thailand

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Re: why play not plays ?

Post by Joe » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:14 pm

ah ha. You’ve run into the dreaded subjunctive:

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/subjunctive.htm

That’s why it says “play” and not plays.

The policeman ordered that he stop.
The president insisted that he be present.

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