One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
That expresses a request, specifically designating the grammatical mood that expresses a request or demand.
Chiefly with the: the grammatical mood that expresses a request or demand.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Harris (1704–1764), astronomer and assayer. From classical Latin requīsīt-, past participial stem of requīrere require + -ive.
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