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# Several financial officers of the company spoke on condition

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Several financial officers of the company spoke on condition that they not be named in the press reports.

A. that they not be named
B. that their names will not be used
C. that their names are not used
D. of not having their names
E. of not naming them

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13 Jul 2006, 20:52
A

Subjunctive mood. "be" is required. So C,D and E are out.

B is out because of wrong tense. We are talkingabout the past "spoke" and B switches to future tense.

A is using the proper past tense "named" and "be" for subjunctive mood.
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13 Jul 2006, 20:59
A

Subjunctive ....... hence "be" is required.
B - wrong tense. "will" is future. But the financial officers spoke. Hence B is out
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13 Jul 2006, 21:00
Straight A.
A much posted question. Clear subjunctive mood.
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13 Jul 2006, 23:21
seen this question quite often.

uses the subjunctive mood, its A.
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13 Jul 2006, 23:39
We need 'that' to modify condition
B,C --> both are lengthy

A is best.
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20 Jul 2006, 07:04
OA is A

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20 Jul 2006, 07:14
I have seen this question in OG and Using POE , I have removed all the answers except A. but still I'm not clear about subjunctive mood.

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21 Jul 2006, 00:11
ps_dahiya wrote:
A

Subjunctive mood. "be" is required. So C,D and E are out.

B is out because of wrong tense. We are talkingabout the past "spoke" and B switches to future tense.

A is using the proper past tense "named" and "be" for subjunctive mood.

I am not able to understand teh tense part here.. the condition still holds good at the moment even though speaking-activity has already happened..
So i am feeling 'will not' is ok here.. can you please explain ?

also, how can B be corrected without using subjunctive..
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21 Jul 2006, 06:05
ps_dahiya wrote:
A

Subjunctive mood. "be" is required. So C,D and E are out.

B is out because of wrong tense. We are talkingabout the past "spoke" and B switches to future tense.

A is using the proper past tense "named" and "be" for subjunctive mood.

I am not able to understand teh tense part here.. the condition still holds good at the moment even though speaking-activity has already happened..
So i am feeling 'will not' is ok here.. can you please explain ?

also, how can B be corrected without using subjunctive..

When we speak of future in the past then use of "will" is wrong.
As stated in this example:
Several financial officers of the company spoke on condition that they not be named in the press reports.

"Spoke" means the moment has already passed. So we are talking of future in the past. This means its subjunctive mood and we should use "be".

One more example:
I would have scored higher if I had studied harder.
The bold part is a hypothetical situtaion. So its subjunctive mood.
Here use of past perfect (had) suggests use of "would have".

There are any other considerations in subjunctive mood. Read this for details:
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#mood
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