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By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

(A) By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
(B) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
(C) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.
(D) In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.
(E) In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.
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05 Dec 2006, 17:42
Flip D and E here

D changes the meaning. It means that by law a physician cannot prescribe anything other than medicine....Not correct

E means that the sole person who can prescribe a medine is a physician which is correct

A,B C are awkward

E wins
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05 Dec 2006, 18:38
Thanks guys. OA is E.
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29 Jun 2007, 09:00
(A) By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
only places emphasis on prescribing medicine. it should be only qualified physicians

(B) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
Why is B wrong?

(C) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.
which is incorrectly used

(D) In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.
same as A

(E) In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.
OA.
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29 Jun 2007, 22:57
aurobindo wrote:
By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

(A) By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
(B) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
(C) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.
(D) In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.
(E) In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.

Guys, I don't think E is right though. The phrase In order to protect the public should modify qualified physician but it seems to modify by law

I think C is the lesser of all the evils.

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30 Jun 2007, 01:11
bmwhype2 wrote:
(A) By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
only places emphasis on prescribing medicine. it should be only qualified physicians

(B) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.
Why is B wrong?

(C) By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.
which is incorrectly used

(D) In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.
same as A

(E) In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.
OA.

B - means the law is not for protecting the public. Physician is for protecting the public.
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30 Jun 2007, 03:15
Nice question.

I too thought the answer is B, but after Syamee's response I think E looks to be the correct answer.
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30 Jun 2007, 03:34
I think B is wrong "because protecting the public" needs a conjunction to link since it is a subordinate to the rest of the sentence. Thoughts?

I also agreed with E.
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30 Jun 2007, 09:09
After POE only E and C stand. I think E is the best answer over C because it keeps the original emphasis that is "to protect the public" rather than a subordinary unnecessary clause introduced by which.
I mean the purpose of the LAW is to protect the public and E clearly state that.
Overall I think the hard part is to catch whether a clause should be a principal or a subordinary one in the context of the sentence.
30 Jun 2007, 09:09
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