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Sentence Correction: Subjunctive Questions

At a recent national budget conference in the Philippines, a group monitoring the discussions demanded that the government immediately allocates funds amounting to $13 million to the health and agriculture sectors.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. Demand is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after demanded that should be in base form. However, allocates is not in base form.

What helps us identify this question as a Subjunctive question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Subjunctive error. Demand is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after demanded that should be in base form. However, will allocate is not in base form.

What helps us identify this question as a Subjunctive question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Subjunctive error. Demand is one of the nine verbs to which the Subjunctive rule applies (if it is followed by that). This means that the next verb after demanded that should be in base form. However, allocated is not in base form.

What helps us identify this question as a Subjunctive question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

propose/recommend/require/request/insist/suggest/mandate/ask/demand that

Whenever you come across this Stop Sign, make sure that the following verb is in its base form.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Subjunctive error by using the base form of a verb that follows demanded that (allocate), it creates a stylistic flaw.

Using both amount to and a sum is redundant.

What helps us identify this question as a Redundancy question as well as identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:  

amount to a sum

Nicely done!

This answer choice corrects the original Subjunctive error by using the base form of a verb that follows demanded that (allocate).

allocates funds amounting to
will allocate funds amounting to
allocate funds amounting to
allocate funds amounting to the sum of
allocated funds amounting to