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# Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition

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Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.

(A)
(B) tht 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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31 Jan 2005, 04:35
HongHu wrote:
Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.

(A)
(B) tht their names will not be used
(C) that their names are not used
(D) of not being named
(E) they will not be named

I'd go with A.

"On the condition that" should use subjunctive mood.
(A) is the only choice.
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31 Jan 2005, 06:12
What wrong with D ?

Isnt "on condition of" idiomitically correct? Like we say... on condition of anonymity.....

Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition of not being named in the story.

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31 Jan 2005, 06:13

I am thinking that since the officials do not want their names mentioned at any point in the story, the need for "will" as in (B) holds? Correct me if i am wrong.
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31 Jan 2005, 08:11
OA is (A). I would like to know why (D) is not correct.
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31 Jan 2005, 08:22
HongHu wrote:
OA is (A). I would like to know why (D) is not correct.

"A" it is for subjuntive mood. Use of "being" is a no-no in GMAT, GMAT does not prefer use of "being", if at all a sentence can be structured otherwise. Same goes for "having".
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31 Jan 2005, 09:54
Are there any notes about subjunctive moods? I have no clue what this means
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31 Jan 2005, 11:36
Folaa3 wrote:
Are there any notes about subjunctive moods? I have no clue what this means

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm

Hope this helps.
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31 Jan 2005, 11:42
subjunctive mood

condition that ... <base form of verb>
so A
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31 Jan 2005, 11:45
maaverick wrote:
Folaa3 wrote:
Are there any notes about subjunctive moods? I have no clue what this means

http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000031.htm

Hope this helps.

This is another one...found it better.

But I still can not relate it to the above problem .

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31 Jan 2005, 19:12
I got this from the link above.

A verb is in the subjunctive mood when it expresses a condition which is doubtful or not factual

In this sentence:
Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.

There is an uncertainty of what the press will do. Obviously the sentence tests for subjunctive mood. (D) has nothing wrong grammatically, but it contains the word "being" which should be avoided in GMAT.

I wouldn't risk my \$250 to pick the one that I like but I know the sentence is testing for subjunctive mood.
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31 Jan 2005, 19:29
I believe the subjunctive mood is formed by using that + infinitive. Named is not an infinitive, it is a past participle.
I still think C is better.
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31 Jan 2005, 19:38
The verb "be" is in the base verb form, not "named".
31 Jan 2005, 19:38
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