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22 Jun 2004, 19:24
14.Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition <<that they not be named in the story.>>
(A) that they not be named
(B) that their names will not be used
(C) that their names are not used
(D) of not being named
(E) they will not be named

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23 Jun 2004, 00:54
A is correct
Subjunctive Mood
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23 Jun 2004, 03:16
hello...

my ans would be A ....

subjunctive form ...

B-->the closest to the right one ... but does not follow the subjunctive rule here..

C--> tense trouble ''not used''

D-->unidoamatic and ''beign'' the ets trap... in most cases NOT all...cases...

E-->not subjunctive ...form...

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23 Jun 2004, 06:17
(A) is the best.
you need "that" hence (D) and (E) out.

(C) uses "are" hence out.

(B) is wordy.
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23 Jun 2004, 07:11
14.Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.

(A) that they not be named - To me, this sounds odd. They not be named. Honestly, it sounds like the press would give the officials a nick-name. And these officials do not want to have a nick name. I do not know a better way to explain. Perhaps, I would eliminate this, because Choice C is better.

(B) that their names will not be used - Wrong. DO not know how to explain, going by the ear.

(C) that their names are not used - Correct answer. Clearly says that the Officials spoke on the condition that their names are not used. Present Perfect- SPOKE and ARE. Goes well.

(D) of not being named - Wrong. Absence of THAT.

(E) they will not be named - Wrong - Absence of THAT.

Correct me, if i am wrong.
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23 Jun 2004, 20:14
Carsen i also thought in ur direction but OA is A...
I have read somewhere that we use subjuctive mood with
demand,urge,suggest,require,mandate.....can anyone explain that <<condition >>is also included .
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23 Jun 2004, 22:33
Hi Baruna

What is the source of this question.
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23 Jun 2004, 23:03
carsen wrote:
Hi Baruna

What is the source of this question.

Carsen, there's nothing wrong with the question and A is indeed the best answer as both the structure and the wording call for subjunctive mood. It frequently occurs in "that" clauses used to state commands or to express intentions or necessity.
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24 Jun 2004, 22:30
Thanks ob
Carsen the source of this quetion is SC885 by BigB
Section:11 Question 14
24 Jun 2004, 22:30
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