The use of 'be'

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The use of 'be'

Post by Lone » Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:42 am

Dear Alan,

I was puzzled by the below sentence:
"It is crucial that you know exactly what it is that you are discussing, and that your reader be informed of this. "

In the 2nd part of the sentence, I think using 'is' instead of 'be' is correct (i.e. "... and that your reader is informed of this".) So, what's the point of using 'be' here?

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Re: The use of 'be'

Post by Alan » Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:12 am

It is present subjunctive, following 'It is crucial that...'

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