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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) 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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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 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 apperance of "that" in a, b and c show that grammaically subjuctive mood/ or infinitive form of verb is used the the adjectival clause. only A satisfy this conditon, b and c are out.

there is no "that" in D, so, there is nothing relevant to subjuctive mood here. instead, the error is that " being" refer to no noun in the sentence grammatically. this refering to no noun make the sentence illogic.

in e, there is no "that" , so, the clause "they will..." become danglling. wrong
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06 Jan 2017, 07:35

The explanation is not convincing.
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