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Several senior officers spoke to the press on the 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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My material says that the answer is A, but i marked B.

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C D and E are clearly out because of passive, being and present construction. Because "their names" should be preferred over "they", I will keep A out as well. The only choice left is B.
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My material says that the answer is A, but i marked B.

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Which material are you referring to? I was confused between A and B because I wasn't sure whether A is bossy enough to have a subjunctive structure. Moreover, "their names" sounded better than "they". That's why I suggested B.
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Its Jamboree material (im not sure u'd know about it).. i was also sure that the subjunctive wont go there...

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Of course, this is a fit case of command subjunctive. ‘Spoke on a condition’ tantamounts to mandatoriness.

Therefore, A is right.

P.S: If I remember correct, this question is from the 1000 SC series, adopted by various tutorial institutions.
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Chose A for precision and how it sound.
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Of course, this is a fit case of command subjunctive. ‘Spoke on a condition’ tantamounts to mandatoriness.

Therefore, A is right.

P.S: If I remember correct, this question is from the 1000 SC series, adopted by various tutorial institutions.



"condition" is mandatory????
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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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A because B....alter the meaning .

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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



This question has been discussed many times, but most people just say why the OA is right.
So I am wondering why b and c are wrong although I picked a as an answer.

I am guessing...
"spoke" is obvously past tense, but b is future and c is present.
Is it correct to say that the reason b and c are wrong is the inconsistent tense?

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I can't provide a full explanation, maybe an Expert can explain it better but I think i can't point you in the write direction maybe. The sentence is using a subjunctive mood (subject is expressing a wish), and when that happens the problem tense of "to be" is "be" rather than "will not be" or "are."

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

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I believe the answer is "A" because the subjunctive mood definition states that

We can expect to see the subjunctive mood in two special situations
1. Unlikely or Unreal conditions(usually after if or similar words)
2. Proposals, desire and requests formed with certain verbs and the word "that"

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It's a subjunctive therefore the verb needs to be in the simple form:
they not be named
their names not be used
hence the answer is A

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

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I honestly think that this is a 700 level questions since subjuncitves are not commonly tested. Answer is A because it follows the rule.

They did things on the condition that (condition). Condition is/was that they not be named.

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Injuin wrote:
I honestly think that this is a 700 level questions since subjuncitves are not commonly tested. Answer is A because it follows the rule.

They did things on the condition that (condition). Condition is/was that they not be named.


why is B wrong?


This is a case of the command present subjunctive mood and hence, "will" is incorrect used after "condition that" in Option B.
"be" is correctly used in option A.
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What capricorn said is true. I wouldn't kill yourself over this question. I initially thought it was B but figured that it couldn't use future tense since the officials already spoke and the condition was already agreed upon. I had to google this question some more to find the exact reasoning behind it and was opened into the world of subjunctive mood. HOWEVER people keep reminding others that subjunctive mood makes up very little of the sentence correction questions, so your efforts should be spent learning the other types like parallelism, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, etc. That's why I think this question has to be 700+ since it's using something uncommon.

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What capricorn said is true. I wouldn't kill yourself over this question. I initially thought it was B but figured that it couldn't use future tense since the officials already spoke and the condition was already agreed upon. I had to google this question some more to find the exact reasoning behind it and was opened into the world of subjunctive mood. HOWEVER people keep reminding others that subjunctive mood makes up very little of the sentence correction questions, so your efforts should be spent learning the other types like parallelism, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, etc. That's why I think this question has to be 700+ since it's using something uncommon.


I have read in the MGMAT, that the command subjunctive mood will take place only for the verbs: Demand, Dictate, Insist, Mandate, Propose, Recommend, Request, Stipulate, suggest but none of these verbs are here in this sentence.
Apart from this list is any other verb is there which always take command subjunctive mood please let me know.

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Injuin wrote:
What capricorn said is true. I wouldn't kill yourself over this question. I initially thought it was B but figured that it couldn't use future tense since the officials already spoke and the condition was already agreed upon. I had to google this question some more to find the exact reasoning behind it and was opened into the world of subjunctive mood. HOWEVER people keep reminding others that subjunctive mood makes up very little of the sentence correction questions, so your efforts should be spent learning the other types like parallelism, subject-verb agreement, modifiers, etc. That's why I think this question has to be 700+ since it's using something uncommon.


I have read in the MGMAT, that the command subjunctive mood will take place only for the verbs: Demand, Dictate, Insist, Mandate, Propose, Recommend, Request, Stipulate, suggest but none of these verbs are here in this sentence.
Apart from this list is any other verb is there which always take command subjunctive mood please let me know.


Subjunctive mood is not limited to those verbs, just things that suggest a condition is present.

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