Singular or plural
The teacher ordered that she (clean, cleans) her desk. In this case, do we use clean or cleans?
Yes, this can be confusing.
As a verb, the singular form is "cleans" and the subject of the predicate clause is "she", so we should use the singular "she cleans". But that doesn't sound right. So what is going on?
Well, clean is not being used as a verb in this sentence, so the singular/plural issue does not apply. Clean can be an adjective, an adverb, or a noun. In this case, clean is an adverb, part of an adverbial phrase -- clean her desk -- that follows the sentence object she.
The teacher ordered that she clean her desk.
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