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when presented with only cicumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

a. which are not formally
b. which are not a formally
c. which is not a formally
d. which is formally not a
e. which is not formally
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18 Oct 2005, 02:14
Here is my choice: 'E'

A & B - verb agreement problem, 'are'.

C - I think, 'formally' should be attached to both sanctioned & prohibited.
here it sounds like it's attached to sactioned only.

D - 'a' is joined only with sanctioned.

E - sounds better...
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18 Oct 2005, 02:28
I lean toward (D).

"a sanctioned or prohibited means" souinds good.
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18 Oct 2005, 02:38
christoph wrote:
when presented with only cicumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

a. which are not formally
b. which are not a formally
c. which is not a formally
d. which is formally not a
e. which is not formally

I also scaled down to C and E. But I think C is better coz "means" in this sentence is a singular now, thus we need "a".
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18 Oct 2005, 03:13
gamjatang wrote:
I lean toward (D).

"a sanctioned or prohibited means" souinds good.

I mean (C).
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18 Oct 2005, 06:40
C.

A/B have wrong verb, so they are easily ruled out. "formally" is an adjective so should be close to the noun it modifies. D is out because of misplaced modifier.

now the dilema is between C and E. C should be it as it is asingular noun.
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18 Oct 2005, 06:47
....decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which is not a formally....

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18 Oct 2005, 06:59
I vote for C however, I find nothing wrong with choice D
OA plz

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18 Oct 2005, 07:03
ngocntt wrote:
I vote for C however, I find nothing wrong with choice D
OA plz

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"formally" is the adv supporting two "adj"s "sanctioned" and "prohibited" ---> it should be placed as closely to these adjs as possible.
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18 Oct 2005, 07:30
OA is C !
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18 Oct 2005, 20:27
christoph,
This is good one, what is the source of this?
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18 Oct 2005, 20:30
'are' is wrong - A and B are out.
E will result in an awkward sentence if used
D is awkward with the placing of 'formally'
C is the best choice.
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18 Oct 2005, 20:55
nice, i learn that you can say "a means of", I didn't know you could use it as a singular word so now C definitely makes sense
18 Oct 2005, 20:55
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