Dear All,

My language-correct-programme in Microsoft Word doesn´t agree with my sentence, which I thought was terrific with its use of the subjunctive Emotion: wink

"The protesters also demanded in their dialogue with the authorities that the protests not be considered as anti-government activity, and that the protesters not be arrested."

It is the latter clause that is deemed incorrect;'that the protesters not be arrested'.

Could you explain why it is wrong? How could I express it better?

Thanking you in advance.
Try changing "that the protests" to "that their protests" and see if the green lines go away.
sleeplessMy language-correct-programme in Microsoft Word
This is the problem. You can't trust these simplistic programs to understand enough to be able to handle the subjunctive. Emotion: smile

Your sentence is fine.

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Thank you so much!

I have another question on the subjunctive. In some languages like Spanish, you might not use the subjunctive when you negate, as in "I don´t think", for example.

I know that the verb "require" necessitates the subjunctive in English, but how about if you are saying/writing

"This does not require that these are/be explicitly stated in each and every situation."
sleeplessIn some languages like Spanish
The use of the subjunctive in Spanish is not a reliable guide to the use of the subjunctive in English. There is some overlap, but not enough to use your knowledge of Spanish in making these choices in English. Verbs in English that take the subjunctive take the subjunctive even when negated. This does not require that these be ... stated ....


By the way,

sleeplessyou might not use the subjunctive when you negate, as in "I don´t think", for example.
If my memory serves me correctly, you have this reversed. In Spanish, I think - indicative; I don't think- subjunctive. Emotion: smile

True - I think i got confused witht the translation of pensar & creer, think & believe.

But because I am quite new to this forum, I'm not sure it is allowed to pose several follow-up questions? I keep coming across sentences where I am not sure of the use of the subjunctive vs indicative. For instance, the following:

"While X.X is correct to argue that the continuation of EU enlargement is a fact, and that enlargement often has financial repercussions, this does not thereby mean that enlargement need be / needs to be viewed as pragmatic."

- sleepless
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The verb need can be used as a normal verb (needs to be ...) or as a modal verb (need be ...). In both cases the verb that follows is an infinitive, with or without to - not a subjunctive form. The modal usage is generally restricted to non-assertive situations such as negation, which you have here (does not thereby ...).

Both versions are correct in your sentence, but neither has anything to do with the indicative-subjunctive difference.