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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
I ask that _______________ like that.

The doctor recommended _______________ at home for a few days.

The president demanded that _______________ the office.

I propose that _________________ our team.

The government urged that ___________________ calm.

I insist that he ___________ this instant!

She suggested that ______________ early.

She requested _______________ patiently.

He commanded that _________________.

It is important that ________________ the employment manual before starting work on Monday.


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Thank’s a lot teacher Alex. I so glad about that. Lily from Brazil

Monday, February 20th 2012

hi,in these lesson ‘that’ works like conjunction?

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thank you teacher Alex.Mokhtar from Algeria

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thanks very much indeed, I really enjoyed this lesson. Greetings from Mexico

Monday, February 20th 2012

holycows this topic was kind of confused, but my scored was good. thanks a million Alex.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thank you for a very useful information. Marina.

Monday, February 20th 2012

wee bit difficult to me, but my score was 8/10. Thank you very much.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thanks Alex! Learning some difficult topics is important! My score was good (9/10), but I think that now for me is very difficult use or listen to it well. Bye!!!

Monday, February 20th 2012

    My boy marpos you have a long way to go. Good luck.

    Thursday, August 22nd 2013

Hullo,tx in advance,,
It’s not possible 2 me 2 watch the video bcoz u tube is filtered in the country,would u mind give me a helping hand n explain the rules in some sentences??!
Cheers!

Monday, February 20th 2012

    Find a transparent proxy server on google and use it. You’ll be able to watch all lessons on here or youtube.

    Monday, February 20th 2012

      O Gosh!
      No way!!
      I took great pleasure in seeing sb from The UK here!!!
      U know how much I’m keen on British Accent?!
      By the way tx 4 ur suggestion.
      Cheerio!

      Tuesday, February 21st 2012

      Hey cutie,
      How are you ?
      It gives me great pleasure to write you.
      I study English as a second language.
      It is important that you teach me English through exchanging information on the internet.
      I have the honour to be your student.I have some problems related to english vocabulary and grammar.
      Do you mind if you become my tutor?
      Please say”no,not at all.”
      I don’t know your e-mail address.
      My e-mail address is
      Seedygaber @yahoo.com
      farewell

      Tuesday, June 12th 2012

    use goagant or buy a VPN/SSH.

    Thursday, June 13th 2013

thanx soo much my buddy. well done . ıt’s a pretty nice lesson.. may god bless you.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Great!10/10…I will try to memorize the subjunctive. Regards

Monday, February 20th 2012

Awesome! Thank you. I appreciate your advanced lessons, please make more :)

Monday, February 20th 2012

    Yeah, Teacher Alex make more advanced classes. God Bless you.

    Monday, February 20th 2012

It is important that you keep up doing such great lessons!

Monday, February 20th 2012

You scored 10 out of 10.

Thank you I enjoyed it !!

Monday, February 20th 2012

    Bravo!
    Could we exchange information through e-mails.
    My e-mail address is “seedygaber@yahhoo.com”
    It’s kind of you to e-mail me.
    farewell

    Tuesday, June 12th 2012

Please add dates to materials. I don’t remember where I’ve stopped last time.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thank you so much , Alex .
It was an important class

Monday, February 20th 2012

Hello Alex, i appreciated this lesson.
Is there any place where you(all) teach English??
I’m on vacation in June and i really would like to study english with you all!!!
wait for answers.
If there’s a place, answer by e-mail.
thank you for now.

Monday, February 20th 2012

Thank you. I’ve realized how many times I made mistakes using these verbs.

Monday, February 20th 2012

thank you mr. Alex… this topic so easy to learn with you. sometime i made mistake when I use subjunctive grammar

Monday, February 20th 2012

sometimes strange things happened. it was a new grammar topic for me and after the lesson I’ve passed all the quiz correct!

Monday, February 20th 2012

    yes, the strange thing is – after the lesson ” I had pass the quiz”.

    Thursday, August 22nd 2013

Great! Thanks teacher for this lesson. It’s very interesting :). I haven’t never known this before.

Monday, February 20th 2012

This topic was really difficult for me when I was taking Grammar course but nowww I understood it better, my score was 10 out of 10. Thanks a lot ALEX.

Monday, February 20th 2012

I got 9/10 hahahhaha I just didn’t read read the sentence carefully, but at least it’s a good score

thank you Sir Alex

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

It’s very confusing but I need to remember it is use for advice…

Sir Alex could I ask you a question? I’m sometimes confused of using “with and to” for example

I’m talking to you
or I’m talking with you…what’s the difference?

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

    Talking to you means you are talking to the person, directly to that particular person / kinakausap mo ang tao.
    Talking with you means for example you are in a 3 (2 boys & 2 girls) so you were talking to the girl with your friend, you were with him, you both talk to her which means you talk with him.
    Or maybe you are talking about the person not with you temporarily, when you are talking to a different person addressing her…
    I am not sure but that’s what I think

    Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

Thank you, Alex.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

10/10 great))) thanks Alex for lesson

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Hi alex;It’s important that I score 10 out of 10 on the quiz;but I didn’t;I don’t know what’s the problem with me;any way I enjoyed the lesson;It’s very useful;thanx a lot.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Hi i am Ahmed from Egyp, i want to talk to anyone on skype to improve my conversation skills my skype name is ahmedelnassag

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

I got 10 out of 10 yeey. :p
Then it’s really useful.

Thank yu, Alex ;)

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Nice lesson, thanks Alex.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Thank’s Alex.

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Thank you so very much for the lessons… I learned a lot from the videos on youtube… Thank you so much..

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Thanks a lot for this lesson , we are learning better with native speakers as English for us is Second Foreign lge,but i suggested (that)we need course for writing .

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

Alex recommended that we make more practise to improve
( is it right ? ?

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

i got 10/10,,i listen 1st time,,it was intresting….i enjoyed…thankx sir Alex

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

my score 9 of 10. any suggestions?

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

    you can use SHOULD in the second part of the sentense and everything gets clear. For instance: Alex recomended that Tom SHOULD listen to Sergei. Now leave out SHOULD and life is perfect again..you cannot use final -S with SHOULD neither you can use TO… Alex AM I RIGHT?

    Monday, April 2nd 2012

very cool..Thanks Alex!
Tke care!

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

it’s important (that) he come on time

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

why can’t we use comes instead of come?

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

I slipped on “I suggest you don`t speak”. The RIGHT answer had been “I suggest you not speak”.
And thanks for the test, teachers!

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

    u r right inyazserg.

    Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Thank’s for you Alex.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

Thank you very much, your videos are truely helpful:D

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

thank you !!!! its very helpful for me.

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

thank you sir..
its very nice..
please upload more videos..

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012

ALEX U ARE THE BEST I ADORE U

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Thanks alot teacher Alex, it’s easy to understand your lesson, i hope you could teach our more lesson about speaking skill

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Excellent explanation !! thnks a lot Alex.

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Oh my goodness………! I’ve got 10 out of 10 ……ha ha ha ha

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Great! class, thanks.

Friday, February 24th 2012

nice work!I m so happy to have found your website!

Friday, February 24th 2012

It’s wonderful) thank you))

Friday, February 24th 2012

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Saturday, February 25th 2012

    you could be the next mahatma gandhi.

    Monday, April 9th 2012

Thanks Alex.

Saturday, February 25th 2012

Hi Alex, I would like to know where I should use the word THERE IS and THERE WAS

Sunday, February 26th 2012

Great teaching Alex.
Thank you

Sunday, February 26th 2012

Thanks Alex! Learning some difficult topics is important! My score was good (9/10)

Monday, February 27th 2012

Very interesting subject! Thanks

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

thank you so much you are really great teacher

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

alex you’re the best.. thanks a million

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

This is advanced Grammar . Thanks for teaching me .

Tuesday, February 28th 2012

thanks a lot for this useful and practical lesson. I grasped it very quickly.

Thursday, March 1st 2012

It´s the first time I´ve come across this kind of grammar but scored 10 out of 10 which I was surprised of.

THANKS, Alex!

Ingo

Thursday, March 1st 2012

I was very good and useful for me,thank Kate

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

Thank you Alex. Good job. TheMlad

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

i really like the way alex explain the th ings.
hurray!.i scored 10/10…:)

Sunday, March 4th 2012

Thanks very much teacher . it is a good lesson . and i got all quiz correct .

Monday, March 5th 2012

Teacher Alex I have a question
is it correct if I say I advised her not to do it, instead of I Advised she not do it?
Thanks in advance

Tuesday, March 6th 2012

    if you ask me, the first one sounds better.. but is it grammaticaly correct – that is the question..

    Saturday, March 10th 2012

excelent !!!!!

Thursday, March 8th 2012

thnx good lesson it helped me understand the subjunctive but please can you make the quiz more difficult

Friday, March 9th 2012

Beautiful!!Thank you very much.

Saturday, March 10th 2012

Thanks sir Alex

Monday, March 12th 2012

Thanks a Lot Sir….

Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Listening this video today i chocked out some confusing from my mind.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

10/10 %100 success ! :) Thanks Alex! you teach understandable all the time so I can understand your lesson. I solved the quiz after the lesson I have done all of them and resut is successful. Thanks again.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

thanks Alex :)

Saturday, March 17th 2012

Thanks Alex :)…. u r gr8 !!

Saturday, March 17th 2012

Thank
Your the best techer i have see

Sunday, March 18th 2012

hello tnx for everything ..its great and i have learnd a lots of things.. thanks …its really helpful

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Thanks!What a bad-ass lesson!

Thursday, March 22nd 2012

but what about expressing wish?
God bless you. / you be always well and about. Isn’t that subjunctive mood?

Thursday, March 22nd 2012

I like this kind of teachers.

Sunday, March 25th 2012

Thanks Alex! I think you are the best teacher on the internet!
Be healthy and do more lessons for us.

Monday, March 26th 2012

Clear explanation Alex! Can I use putative should like I suggested we should not talk about that. Or it is used just in British english?
Thanks

Saturday, March 31st 2012

Thank you so much,
what does “subjunctive” mean?
in your example which verbs are subjunctive?
thank you

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Thank you so much , Alex!

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Thanks a lot.I found it really interesting.

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

8 of 10 its okay ill try again latter :-)

Sunday, April 8th 2012

Thanks, Alex. It’s a good lesson.

Sunday, April 8th 2012

Teacher alex,what is the difference between “not and Don’t?

Monday, April 9th 2012

Thanks a lot!!!!

Friday, April 13th 2012

It was very useful, thanks a lot

Saturday, April 14th 2012

lovely.thx

Saturday, April 14th 2012

Is subjunctive only use to give urgency and importance in a sentence? Just to give more clarifications on this matter. I understand but I just want to know how, is it also only using “that” for subjunctive to show urgency? Look forward to hearing from you Sir Alex. Thanks.

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

it is important everybody see this. it was clearly explained by Alex.

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

Thank you very much Alex, it is helpful

Sunday, April 29th 2012

pretty good… =]

Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Many thanks from Saint-Petersburg

Thursday, May 3rd 2012

Well done and thanks so much. It’s really enjoyable to be with you . Thanks again and I promiss to to back again sooner or later .

Monday, May 7th 2012

Thanks Alex, I saw your video interesting and I had 10/10. Thanks again.

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

Thank you teacher Alex! A short nevertheless useful lesson!

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

It is important that we speak and write correctly.
Thank you for presenting this simple lesson on
the use of the English subjunctive.

Friday, May 11th 2012

its to usefull

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

awesome!!!!

Friday, May 18th 2012

Hey there Alex, thanks for the lesson, I’ve got a question though. Isn’t the Subjunctive also used in conditions? I thought the second condition “If I went to London, I would see the Thames” had something to do with the Subjunctive. Thank your for the answer!

Monday, May 21st 2012

Thanks alot

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Damn… 9 out of 10…

Friday, May 25th 2012

Thank you for giving these valuable lessons free of charge. I was able to download a number of lessons presented on this site. They’re actually important and useful for me to improve my English. The teachers are presenting these lessons in a manner that is pleasant to the learners.

-I’m Gamini from Sri Lanka

Wednesday, May 30th 2012

I enjoy your lesson. Thanks a lot. Your style is very wonderful.

Thursday, May 31st 2012

thank you ,teacher Alex

Thursday, May 31st 2012

A subjuct that confuses me alot and cost me many degrees in exams ,only in this vedio lession I understand why we put a verb without “s” even with the third person.thank you

Friday, June 8th 2012

Thanks a lot, teacher Alex. I enjoyed it! My score was 10/10.

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

tank u

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

Nice topic and really nice explanation teacher! this was a topic I used to be confused about. Greetings from Colombia!

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

Thanks, Alex. It’s a good lesson.

Thursday, July 19th 2012

10/10 thank you .

Saturday, July 21st 2012

THANKS ALEX

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Thanks! It was a very useful lesson.

Monday, July 23rd 2012

Yes! 10/10
I really love the way you talk to us!:* THANKSSSS SO MUCH!

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

thanks for the lesson teacher
i have a question about ‘should’
what’s the meaning of should in the sentence below?
1. It’s strange that he SHOULD be late. He’s usually on time.
what’s the difference in meaning if it is removed?

thanks again

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

i got 9 on 10 thanks sir

Thursday, August 2nd 2012

thank you for your leason. miha from romania

Monday, August 20th 2012

very well

Tuesday, August 21st 2012

seems interesting for me. I got 7/10 dramatically speaking, this would be give me a challenge to the next lesson. more power.

Wednesday, August 29th 2012

thanks tou teacher!

Monday, September 10th 2012

Thanks Alex, it’s really helpful ^^

Monday, September 10th 2012

Hi teacher,

Can subjunctive also express a strong wish? As, for example, in “God save the King/Queen” or “God bless you”. Without the s/es of the singular third person.

On the other hand, what about the structure verb + object + infinitive? For example, instead of saying, like in the quiz, “The doctor recommended that I rest at home…” why not “The doctor recommend me to rest at home…”. And the same for, at least, the nine first questions of the quiz. Last example: “She requested that we wait patiently” / “She requested us to wait patiently”. Are these two ways possible?
I am looking forward to reading your answer. Thanks in advance!

Thursday, September 13th 2012

    I have the same question because, my teacher told me that Spanish speakers often make this mistake when they try to translate directly word for word: I want that the bank lends me…. and the correct is: I want the bank to lend me a thousand pounds

    Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Thanks Alex,

I didn’t know that!
It’s important (that) I remeber Subjunctives!

Sunday, September 16th 2012

10/10 :) thanks for your effort

Friday, September 28th 2012

Thanks/ Dzięki ;p

Friday, October 5th 2012

Thank you. I have a quiz coming up, so I appreciate it.
Simona, from Romania

Wednesday, November 21st 2012

thanks Alex. You are one of the best teachers in the world.

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

Wow 10/10! Thank you, Sir!

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

thank you! your tests are the best! really make us think hard and understand better. Brazil to Canada =)

Friday, December 14th 2012

I really enjoy doing the quiz to test my knowledge thank Alex . I’m from Cambodia

Wednesday, December 19th 2012

was great but in question number 2 it’s possible as well as ” The doctor recommended __me resting__ at home for a few days”.
or necessary I REST??

Tuesday, December 25th 2012

Thank you, Alex, so much.
Your are very good at explaining things))
Best wishes from Russia

Sunday, January 6th 2013

thanks alex i got 10 out 9

Thursday, January 10th 2013

I am really interested in atalaya. I can sepak spanish fluently and I saw the same problem lihe she has explianed. I really appreciated an answer.

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

THANKS VERY MUCH, I AM VERY INTERESTED IN ENGLISH. AND ONE THANKS TO YOU MR, ALEX

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

it was really helpful

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

You are a great teacher, Alex! I will never stop saying this.

Wednesday, February 6th 2013

It’s perfect, you don’t know how much I love this webside.

Friday, February 8th 2013

It’s perfect, you don’t know how much I love this webside.

Friday, February 8th 2013

Thanks for your excellent demonstration about subjunctive.

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Thanks Alex.

Thursday, February 21st 2013

Tanks alot mr Alex

Monday, March 4th 2013

Thanks so much.

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

Thank you teacher Alex, I’m Meher from Tunisia

Tuesday, March 5th 2013

Alex I got 10/10..I have learned a lot things in this lesson.
Regards

Friday, March 8th 2013

Thank you very much!

Friday, March 8th 2013

thank you alex

Thursday, April 4th 2013

is mr alex great?
yes,sure .

Tuesday, April 9th 2013

    Yes, indeed.

    Tuesday, June 25th 2013

Thank you very much Alex, your lessons are always useful and great!

Saturday, April 13th 2013

Yeah, that’s what I am calling cool teaching!!! Alex you make my day dude.

Friday, May 17th 2013

is a very good lesson, thanks Alex!

Thursday, July 25th 2013

Sorry. It was a very good lesson.

Thursday, July 25th 2013

so simple so efficient

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

thanx

Thursday, October 17th 2013

Hey Alex. Does the word URGE really work with subjunctive? The other day I was doing a quiz when I came across a question with URGE which I got wrong. I thought I had to use the subjunctive with it but it turned out that the right answer was made by means of the infinitive plus the objective case of a pronoun. I don’t remember the sentence but it looked like this – I URGED HIM TO TELL ME THE TRUTH. Is it the same with I urged he tell me the truth? Or the last one has a stronger meaning like I forced him to tell me the truth?? %) It seems to me that I’ll never get a hang of it (

Monday, October 21st 2013

It was really helpful

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

He recommended that i not use the medicine..is this correct?

Monday, December 30th 2013

THANKS so much it’s really useful

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Thank you Alex for this interesting and useful lesson as always. I would qualify subjonctive as an “educated” tense since it is mainly used by people endowed with a certain education. Personally, I am using it in French; it is natural in a way as I have been taught to use it since my childhood. In English, I must say I am hesitant because as a non-native English speaker, I always fear being wrong and appearing to speak with a phony “posh accent”.

Friday, February 28th 2014

Thanks got 60%.

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Advanced grammar native speakers don’t even use. Great!

Friday, April 18th 2014

woohoo I got 100, thanks for teaching

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Proffesor Alex,
First,your presentation is clear that is okey, so please accept my gratitude and thanks.
Second, it is incomplete. You have even not done correct translation. Two additional sentences about other subjective mode situations will make your presentation better.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014

excenlent job Alex ;go on! i’ve got 90%

Wednesday, July 16th 2014

This is the first time to take your lesson. This lesson was really helpful! And I’d never known this grammar. Thank you for teaching!

Friday, July 18th 2014

thank u.it was useful for me :)

Monday, August 11th 2014

Ok, 100 %. Thanks Alex.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014

100% without looking at screen, I’m sure.

Sunday, September 14th 2014

Oh, I love this lesson.
Thank you, Alex.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

Respect Teacher,

Thank for teaching me. On this quiz i got 10 out of 10.

Friday, October 3rd 2014

10 out of 10 – nice :-)

Sunday, October 26th 2014
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