the verb for be


the sentence reads patients hould have the assurance that ll their medical information are secured from unauthorized use. The word be?

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Patients should have the assurance that all their medical information be secured from unauthorized use.
asked Jan 25 '13 at 01:55 Janet Crittenden New member

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I think you need the present tense, is, for this sentence, not will be


In formal writing, all of their is better than all their, but actually I don't think you need all of at all; it doesn't add anything that wouldn't already be understood. 


As well, you need the adjective secure rather than the passive verb secured to describe the security as an ongoing state, not simply a one-time action. 


Finally, should is perhaps too weak a verb for such an important issue.  I suggest rephrasing the sentence so as to be able to use the adjective crucial.


It is crucial that patients have the assurance that their medical information is secure from unauthorized use.

link comment answered Jan 25 '13 at 04:35 Shawn Mooney Expert

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