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There is no man but would give ten yeasr of his life to [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2004, 23:44
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There is no man but would give ten yeasr of his life to accomplish that deed.

B no man but who would give
C no man who would but give
D not any man would give

Please explain the answer...
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2004, 05:33
A seems Ok
But is a conjunction seperating two clauses.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2004, 21:13
A does not seem right to me...I would like to go for C.

Shouldn't man...be followed by a 'who'

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 08:52
Think C.

no man who would but give

but = not. So, complete the sentence.. first as

There is no man who would give ten years of his life to accomplish that deed.

To negate it, add "but".
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 11:09
Here is the analysis

There is no man but [one who] would give ten yeasr of his life to accomplish that deed.

= Everybody would give ten years of his life to accomplish that deed with implicit "if asked"

B and C change the meaning of A.
D is structually incorrect.

BTW, but is a preposition in this case.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 11:16
I've spoken English for 27 years, and read thousands of books. There is no flipping way that A is the right answer.

Maybe you can find test prep material that says that A is correct, but if a sentence like that ever winds up on the GMAT, I'll eat my hat.

I vote for "typo".
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 11:30
That is an archaic usage.

p.276 of Modern English: A Practical Reference Guide by Marcella Frank, Regents/Prentice Hall, 1992.

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but(literary usage--appears after a negative verb and is itself negative)

There is not one of us but would (=who would not) find the work difficult.

[Unquote]

Samples from Google:

1. there is no man but would be ashamed to be thought not to have as much of it as his neighbours.
2. there is no man but would recognise that he was beautiful
3. there is no man but would diligently pursue pleasure by right or wrong.
4. So humble that no man but would say тАЬNoтАЭ to such bidding if he dare.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 12:02
This website http://www.gmac.com/gmac/TheGMAT/WhatIstheGMAT/WhattheGMATMeasures.htm states that the GMAT tests Standard Written English.

I believe you'll have a tough time making a valid argument that the "archaic" usage suggested in this question fits within SWE.

I don't mean to discourage anyone from posting or participating, but efforts, IMO, ought to be focused away from questions like this one.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 12:13
Stoolfi, I agree with you.

- native english speaker.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2004, 12:28
BTW, I dont wanna twist the argument(native, archaic != SWE) Please be advised to check whether the question posted is from ETS material. Archaic does not mean outdated. You can find many examples in modern literature and legalese too.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2004, 06:07
Well My friends the official ans is
A.....

n i think Zhung Gazi was able to explain his stand..
but i shud admit that i'm still confused with the usage of 'BUT'

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2004, 11:29
"but" is a preposition in this case.
but = save = except

but(adverb) = merely, just, only


regarding "can but" vs. "cannot but" check
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cannot
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2004, 15:57
Hi stoolfi,

What should be the answer according to you. Or you think all the answers suck. This is possible though. I would like to know as I am not a native speaker.

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 [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2004, 16:12
This is the most yuk :puke question I came across.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2004, 17:36
I got a hang of this...but no matter what I would have chosen C.
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Re: SC - no man [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2010, 03:35
see ..if you dig deep ..u can find gold
Re: SC - no man   [#permalink] 26 Sep 2010, 03:35
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