the last thing we want

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the last thing we want

Post by azz » Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:43 am

Can one say

a. The best thing that can happen is that he should fall in love.
b. The best thing that can happen is that he falls in love.
c. The best thing that can happen is for him to fall in love

d. The last thing we want is that she should lose her job.
e. The last thing we want is that she loses her job.
f. The last thing we want is for her to lose her job.


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Post by Phil White » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:25 pm

c and f are probably the most natural to me.

a and d sound fine to me, but I probably wouldn't use them myself.

b and e sound odd to me, but I may just be being fussy. Or maybe I am wanting to see the subjunctive, which sounds fine to me:
The best thing that can happen is that he fall in love.
The last thing we want is that she lose her job.
Of course, the subjunctive is only marked in the first person singular, so if your sentences b and e had had a plural subject in the subordinate clause, they would have sounded fine to me:
The best thing that can happen is that they fall in love.
The last thing we want is that they lose their jobs.
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Re: the last thing we want

Post by BellaHamilton » Wed May 30, 2018 5:17 pm

Hi,

I also agree with the previous answer.
For me, the most simple and common variants are c and f.
In these sentence verbs in infinitive forms sound well. But it's just my opinion.

Regards,
Bella
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