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    who spoke on condition that he not be identified

    The official, who spoke on condition that he not be identified, said the text of the proposed agreement could be released as early as Wednesday.
    More:US, EU agree on food names in anti-counterfeit pact-UPDATE 2
    I think that I understand the meaning of the bold phrase but I feel confused about grammar here.
    Can I rewrite the bold phrase as follows?
    "
    who spoke on condition that he cannot/won't be identified"
    or
    "who spoke on condition that he doesn't be identified"

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    Re: who spoke on condition that he not be identified

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    The official, who spoke on condition that he not be identified, said the text of the proposed agreement could be released as early as Wednesday.
    More:US, EU agree on food names in anti-counterfeit pact-UPDATE 2
    I think that I understand the meaning of the bold phrase but I feel confused about grammar here.
    Can I rewrite the bold phrase as follows?
    "
    who spoke on condition that he cannot/won't be identified"
    or
    "who spoke on condition that he doesn't be identified"
    The present subjunctive (as "be" here) cannot easily be replaced in AmE, although BrE would accept wouldn't be identified.

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