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The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled

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The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 22:53
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The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled by heavenly mandate, was a site which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission, on pain of death.

(A) which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission,

(B) which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission only

(C) which no commoner or foreigner could enter without permission,

(D) which, without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could only enter,

(E) which, to enter without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could do,




What's wrong with A?
I found explanation why A isn't the answer, but I am a little confused about the explanation.

This is the explanation.

(A) which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission,
PROBLEM: "Without permission" is the idiom, not "without any permission". Permission is kinda like water. You can't have a water (or a permission). "Any" is indefinite, just like "a", and it's wrong.

But according to dictionary, any is used with uncountable or plural nouns in negative sentences.
"Permission" is a uncountable noun, what's wrong with "any permission"?
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Re: PT #11 SC 5 [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 17:38
+1 for C.

In the sentence above, we are not counting permissions. We are just stating that permission was required. Hence A is wrong.

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Re: PT #11 SC 5 [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 19:09
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I am confused between B and C. Does the comma after" permission" in option C is right,.whats wrong with option B.
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Re: PT #11 SC 5 [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2012, 12:47
No such thing as "some permission". Hence "any" in option B wouldn't fit.
Has to be C
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Re: PT #11 SC 5 [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2012, 01:25
c for me..............sound good was my reason over A
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