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Me for A.
Condition that seems proper here. Since spoke is past, we need to have another past. "be named" serves that purpose.
But, I am not sure of the answer though because "condition of" is the preposition and B also sounds good if will is acceptable.
Re: SC: Press reports [#permalink]
23 Feb 2006, 21:28
Lets c how far I can go...
IMO A is correct.
This is good one
Several financial officers of the company spoke on condition that they not be named in the press reports.
Here spoke is past so sentence should be in past tesne.
A. that they not be named clear and concise B. that their names will not be used wordy and passive and tense mixing C. that their names are not used are is wrong here because of subjunctive and tense problem D. of not having their names mixing of tense E. of not naming them Mixing of tense
The correct idiom is on the condition that...
So D and E are out.
They not be named ... does not sound good for me
Between B and C I would choose C because of the present tense.
On the condition of has the meaning only if and in conditional phase the tense should be present if we talk about future event ( like " I'll go if you come").
A. that they not be named
Correct--> "spoke" refers to past tense, so here they not be "named" where named is past tense agrees with the sentence construction. Also "on the condition that" is the right grammar
B. that their names will not be used
--> "will" is future tense, "spoke" is past tense
C. that their names are not used
-->"are" is present tense,"spoke" is past tense
D. of not having their names
--> "not having names" in press report is not the right usage.
E. of not naming them
--> "not naming them" is not proper grammar