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Several senior officials spoke to the press on 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

The official spoke on the condition that he not be named because of diplomatic proprieties.

The lawyer, as well as American and Saudi officials, all of whom spoke on the condition that they not be named, said Abdul Rahman Alomari had been interviewed by Saudi and United States authorities in Saudi Arabia in the last two days.

The official and others interviewed in recent days spoke on condition that they not be named, saying they did not want to inflame tensions at the agency.

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This is not a test of idiom. This is a test of present subjunctive and shift of tense.

The three tenets of present subjunctive are:

1.An element of mandate 2. An introductory conjunction “that” and 3. The basic form of the verb

The given text befits the use of the subjunctive because the mandate emanates from the compulsory condition, the introductory conjunction “that” is available and the basic form of the verb “be not named” is used. The other four choices exhibit fundamental errors such as shift of tense, etc. Remember that the main clause in simple past.

In B and E, the subordinate clause uses “will not be”, a future tense.
In C, the subordinate clause uses “are not”, a simple present and
D uses of “not being”

A is the eventual winner.
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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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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 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


Condition>>Subjunctive reqd>>use "that".
Eliminate D,E

I think we can eliminate C on the grounds that the press reports will happen in the future..C uses present tense..

Explanations for A and B please!!

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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


Condition>>Subjunctive reqd>>use "that".
Eliminate D,E

I think we can eliminate C on the grounds that the press reports will happen in the future..C uses present tense..

Explanations for A and B please!!

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You answered your Question.

Subjunctive is formed with "That" + "Infinitive form of the verb"

(A) Condition that be named
(B) cONDITION that will be named
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Defn of Subjunctive Mood

The subjunctive mood is the verb form used to express a command, a wish, a suggestion or a condition that is contrary to fact. A verb in the subjunctive mood may have a different form to one with the same subject which is not in the subjunctive mood.

Dont restrict your answers to Bossy Verbs.
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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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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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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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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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the non-underline part is past tense construction. B,C,D and E Out. However, can someone clarify what is command subjunctive here? (spoke?)
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It may be beside the point, but the proper construction around "on condition that" is integral to selecting the right answer. Because the phrase is both colloquial and regional (I'm pretty sure American English prefers "on the condition that"), I think it's unlikely the GMAT would ask a question like this.
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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


B and C present the pattern in which the verb form of of subjuctive mood is used. so, "will" and "are" are wrong

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One purpose of the subjunctive mood is to express an action that is HYPOTHETICAL: an action that might not actually happen.
When we demand an action, we cannot be certain that our demand will be met.
Because the demanded action might not actually happen, we use the COMMAND SUBJUNCTIVE.
The structure of the command subjunctive is as follows:
SUBJECT + BOSSY WORD + that + NOUN + BARE INFINITIVE.
Examples of bossy words: demand, dictate, mandate, etc.
The bare infinitive is the infinitive form of a verb with the to omitted.
Example:
The attorneys demanded that the new contract be implemented.
In the sentence above:
Subject =the attorneys.
Bossy word = demanded.
that + NOUN = that the new contract.
Bare infinitive = be implemented (to be implemented with the to omitted).

In the SC above, on condition serves to express a DEMAND and thus functions as a BOSSY WORD.
As a result, the command subjunctive is required:
Several financial officers of the company spoke on condition that they not be named in the press reports.
Here:
Subject =several financial officers.
Bossy word = on condition.
that + NOUN = that they.
Bare infinitive = be named (to be named with the to omitted).
Of the five answer choices, only A correctly employs the command subjunctive.
The correct answer is A.
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A classic command subjunctive issue that is implied through the bossy word, 'on condition'. The text rightly articulates subjunctive ness with the relative clause connector 'that ' followed by the subjunctive mood verb 'not be named". A perfect foil. All other choices carry various other patterns of verbing and get disqualified. A, by all means
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Hi,

is it really mandatory that ''Bossy words'' should be followed by ''That'' and form a subjunctive clause.?

can someone explain, what is wrong with option E?

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is it really mandatory that ''Bossy words'' should be followed by ''That'' and form a subjunctive clause.?

can someone explain, what is wrong with option E?

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E is wrong because conditions of should take a noun after of
Of is a preposition .
In E we have a gerund naming but it is not a noun that is why E is wrong.
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the non-underline part is past tense construction. B,C,D and E Out. However, can someone clarify what is command subjunctive here? (spoke?)


"spoke on condition" acts like a request, so "command subjunctive" has been used here.

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

(A) that they not be named --> correct

(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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