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# This is good one Several financial officers of the

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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

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23 Feb 2006, 17:29
I chose B

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23 Feb 2006, 20:05
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.

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23 Feb 2006, 20:08
Well A definitely sounds better than B ,so A for me.

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23 Feb 2006, 20:12
I will vote for D.

'condition of' is a correct idiom.
'of not having their names' reduces the ambiguity in tense.

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23 Feb 2006, 21:08
(B) over A because it is a little clearer. "named" in what sense?

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23 Feb 2006, 21:23
Oh! lot of disagreements, let's put OA after sometime, let other people try. Meanwhile can anybody do post mortem of this SC & give explanation for eliminating each but one choice? Give it a try...

Btw, this is retired real GMAT question & one of those tricky SCs.

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Re: SC: Press reports [#permalink]

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23 Feb 2006, 22:04
vivek123 wrote:
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

i donot have any strong reason why A is best. imo, "that" is necessary here and so it eliminates choices C/D/E.

bet A and B, A is more direct abd B is long and winding.

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23 Feb 2006, 22:28
Lets c how far I can go...
IMO A is correct.
vivek123 wrote:
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

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24 Feb 2006, 02:08
condition is correctly expressed with "be"

A it is

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24 Feb 2006, 08:25
With all the SC gurus here ..... i'm a novice in matters of SC ...

i will choose B because according to me "that" is requird which eliminates D & E

"their"is required because of possessiveness .... they is not correct ....
so this eliminates A

and "will not be used" is correct because press will never use their name in any report in future .

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24 Feb 2006, 13:50
I say B .. because the financial officers spoke on condition that they will not be mentioned seems to flow. A seems to come closest but i agree that "their" is needed.

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24 Feb 2006, 20:22
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").

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24 Feb 2006, 22:16
The OA is "A".

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26 Feb 2006, 02:16
A

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

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