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14. Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition name 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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14 Jul 2009, 02:51
no ...its not a answer....and its not in subjunctive mood.what made u think that it is in subjunctive mood?
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14 Jul 2009, 03:39
IMO B

(A) that they not be named -not subjunctive, rather its conditional
(B) that their names will not be used -correctly conveys the message
(C) that their names are not used -changes meaning. sounds as if their names are not used currently
(D) of not being named -awkward
(E) they will not be named -awkward
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14 Jul 2009, 07:03
sorie sudeep answer is A ONLY........OA is A.Can u explain elaboratelyr. sudeep why did u pick up A as an answe
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14 Jul 2009, 08:54
ashishd wrote:
sorie sudeep answer is A ONLY........OA is A.Can u explain elaboratelyr. sudeep why did u pick up A as an answe

thank god

I thought I lost the touch of subjunctive
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04 Oct 2009, 20:14
Well we all know that subjunctive mood usage demands the verbs in their original form......

so wat makes a statement subjunctiive???/

"When the subjective is used after verbs expressing some kind of wish,recommendations,proposals,desire,regret,doubt or demand ;there is a certain degree of uncertainilty attached to it "

Here named is the verb....so shud be used in base form..

ans is A.

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Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition name 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

Some thoughts:

1. Subjunctive:
The prime issue of this sentence is "on condition that,". The sentence requires the subjunctive.

Read the following sentences from washingtontimes:

"Rewards for those who supported the president's 2008 campaign have been doled out in less formal ways. Two top bundlers, for instance, described invitations to bring their families to the private bowling alley at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. Both spoke on the condition they not be named because they did not want to damage their relationship with the White House."

=> the original sentence is there.

In case of subjunctive, only the base form of verbs should be used.

Answer is A.
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21 May 2010, 22:25
Why is subjunctive mood required here?
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22 May 2010, 01:29
because here the condition is presented
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22 May 2010, 15:09
we need subjunctive mood because senior officials 'desire' that....it has not actually happened....they have put the condition......we do not know if they will be actually named or not.

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21 Jun 2011, 03:10
listen buddies , a subjunctive requires a verb + that ....it can not be used with a noun such as "condition".... we can not apply subjunctive rule here.... therefore B is the correct answer .... enjoy
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21 Jun 2011, 03:51
This is definitely a case of the command present subjunctive mood. There is no doubt about that.
The condition that the senor officials imposed was the mandating that the command subjunctive requires. Secondly, it completes the command in a subordinate clause introduced by the customary subordinate connector ‘that’ and thirdly the verb is in the imperative form i.e., ‘not be named’. What more is required?

I have not seen in any OG or GPREP site. Is it a proprietory topic?
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21 Jun 2011, 21:49
I would have to say B.

In A, "they not be named" suggests that the officials didnt have names before and that they don't even want to get one in the story! Its my opinion however. I find A misleading.

B sounds more clear to me.

The issue will be clear is we could discuss some examples or counter-examples. So please..!
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06 Jul 2011, 23:32
does anyone know the OA- is it A or B?
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20 Aug 2011, 23:21
I think it should A either.

(1) their names will or are not be used is wordy. Not as clear as they not be named

(2) On the condition that should be followed "should". here it is ignored.

So the answer should be A. if C is correct, I would rather choose B as right answer.
So using the cancelling method I choose A

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Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition name 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

Some thoughts:

1. Subjunctive:
The prime issue of this sentence is "on condition that,". The sentence requires the subjunctive.

Read the following sentences from washingtontimes:

"Rewards for those who supported the president's 2008 campaign have been doled out in less formal ways. Two top bundlers, for instance, described invitations to bring their families to the private bowling alley at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. Both spoke on the condition they not be named because they did not want to damage their relationship with the White House."

=> the original sentence is there.

In case of subjunctive, only the base form of verbs should be used.

Answer is A.
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gmatisnothard wrote:
Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition name 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

Some thoughts:

1. Subjunctive:
The prime issue of this sentence is "on condition that,". The sentence requires the subjunctive.

Read the following sentences from washingtontimes:

"Rewards for those who supported the president's 2008 campaign have been doled out in less formal ways. Two top bundlers, for instance, described invitations to bring their families to the private bowling alley at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, adjacent to the White House. Both spoke on the[b] condition they not be named because they did not want to damage their relationship with the White House[/b]."

=> the original sentence is there.

In case of subjunctive, only the base form of verbs should be used.

Answer is A.

where is the that ?? how can you use a command subjunctive without 'that' ??
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14 May 2014, 21:16
Jumping here to throw more light

to with above kind of sentences rule is below : (Command Rule)

(command or demand or request or order or rule OR recommend or authorize or important or propose require to/that ) +"That"---->verb can be used only 1st form OR 'be'+3rd form.

Hope it will help when you these kind of sentences
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If option B were to change to WOULD instead of WILL.. then it might be correct....??? Because we are talking about the future in the past.. Hence Answer is A...??
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