SC Question Explanation please

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SC Question Explanation please

by dharan_mi » Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:38 am
Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.
that they not be named
of not being named
they will not be named
that their names will not be used
that their names are not used



Please let me know the explanation.....
The answer for this one is A.
How come??????
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by blindtea » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:40 am
Question:
Several senior officials spoke to the press on condition that they not be named in the story.
A. that they not be named
B. of not being named
C. they will not be named
D. that their names will not be used
E. that their names are not used


*** See below. Answer: A
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by dharan_mi » Fri Oct 02, 2009 8:50 am
Yep....
thanks... for the reply but the answer in C also contains they..... ?????
is C eliminated because it is meaningless???
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by Karen » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:02 am
The key is that because of the phrase "on condition that," the sentence requires the subjunctive. The subjunctive verb form is the bare form of the verb with no auxiliary and no -s, so in this case, it's "be." Not "will be" or "should be" or anything like that, just "be."

You use the subjunctive with verbs that express demands, wishes, etc., as in "I insist that he be there" or "It is essential that each person show up on time."
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by Karen » Fri Oct 02, 2009 9:03 am
p.s. There are no pronoun problems in this sentence. Since "officials" is the only plural noun, it's OK to use "they" or "their." This question is just testing the use of the subjunctive.
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