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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.

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(B) tht 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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13 Apr 2005, 15:50
Will choose B

C makes it seem as if "their names do not appear in newspapers" and "their speaking to the press" happen at the same time. This is not true - and hence we need to place "names not used in the newspaper" in future to sequence the events appropriately

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13 Apr 2005, 16:37
hmmm..."A"....I think there is a subjunctive mood here, also the sentence in past tense...so "B" is not right in saying "their names will"...it shud use "would"

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13 Apr 2005, 16:50
banerjeea_98 wrote:
hmmm..."A"....I think there is a subjunctive mood here, also the sentence in past tense...so "B" is not right in saying "their names will"...it shud use "would"

Agree with baner - it is my mistake

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13 Apr 2005, 18:45
banerjeea_98 wrote:
hmmm..."A"....I think there is a subjunctive mood here, also the sentence in past tense...so "B" is not right in saying "their names will"...it shud use "would"

"condition" "be" are the pointers right for the subjunctive in this sentence?

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14 Apr 2005, 02:39
How come i still think it is B
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14 Apr 2005, 02:46
the officials express the desire that the press wont mention their names => thats is why subjunctive mood is used. so we use the base form of the verb => that is "be"
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