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# When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror

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When presented with only circumstantial 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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OA is C , Can some one please explain to me why is D wrong ? is there any idiom?

in D the placement of formally is just wrong, it seems to change the meaning of the sentence. For example "we were formally not introduced"... this seems to mean we were not introduced because we werent supposed to be, as opposed to "we were not formally introduced" ...which just means we were not properly introduced.
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30 Apr 2009, 07:24
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D. OA?

Why not C:

not a formally or prohibited means >> awkward...it should be not a formal or prohibited means
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ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial 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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Agreed with peraspera. The adjective "formal" rather than the adverb "formally" will be meaningful. But in the end we have to choose only among the answer choices...

"formally" is an adverb that modifies the verbs sanctioned and prohibited. This is the correct word to use IMO
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I knew the difference between C and E

c)which is not a formally (sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.)
e)which is not formally (sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.)

If we choose E, we have problem with S-V agreement, "his or her instinct are means", that make nonsense. We really need "a" here to resolve the problem with "means" whether this word is plural or singular. In this case, it is singular.

Here is the explanation in dictionary.com
Means (N)

1.Usually, means. (used with a singular or plural verb) an agency, instrument, or method used to attain an end: The telephone is a means of communication. There are several means of solving the problem.
2.
means,
a.
available resources, especially money: They lived beyond their means.
b.
considerable financial resources; riches: a man of means.
3.
something that is midway between two extremes; something intermediate: to seek a mean between cynicism and blind faith.
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30 Apr 2009, 09:29
I think it is C. Expression would be ' a means to' and should be preceded by a singular 'is' since instinct is singular. Hence A, B are out. D is awkward and E does not contain 'a'.

What is the OG?
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30 Apr 2009, 10:28
A and B don have subject verb agreement. D is unidiomatic. E changes the meaning. So the answer is C.
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30 Apr 2009, 14:57
OA is C , Can some one please explain to me why is D wrong ? is there any idiom?
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02 May 2009, 08:51
ichha148 wrote:
OA is C , Can some one please explain to me why is D wrong ? is there any idiom?

What is the source of this question? Is it reliable?
The question seems poorly constructed, imo.

C would make sense if it was "formal", and not "formally".
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03 May 2009, 08:44
I don't know source of this question. Thanks for explaining bigtreezl and peraspera
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03 May 2009, 11:33
Agreed with peraspera. The adjective "formal" rather than the adverb "formally" will be meaningful. But in the end we have to choose only among the answer choices...
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03 May 2009, 12:06
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Agreed with peraspera. The adjective "formal" rather than the adverb "formally" will be meaningful. But in the end we have to choose only among the answer choices...

Unless the original poster made a mistake/typo in the answer choices/question stem.
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03 May 2009, 12:09
bigtreezl wrote:
trainspotting wrote:
Agreed with peraspera. The adjective "formal" rather than the adverb "formally" will be meaningful. But in the end we have to choose only among the answer choices...

"formally" is an adverb that modifies the verbs sanctioned and prohibited. This is the correct word to use IMO

It would be correct to choose "formally" if the verb "sanctioned" was not underlined in the question stem.
As you can see, it is underlined, and choice C does not have this verb, therefore "formally" does not fit.

I'm 99.99% certain the poster made a typo somewhere, or underlined what he should not have (like the word "sanctioned", for example). All IMO, of course.
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04 May 2009, 08:44
There's a type error in this question....Whats the source of this question????
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24 Nov 2009, 08:36
ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial 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

A and B are out - subject-verb agreement
E is out - a means refers to instinct which is singular
D has a misplaced modifier - formally should modify sanctioned or prohibited, not a ... means. Moreover, an adverb cannot modify a noun.
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08 Nov 2010, 21:22
i thinks its e, coz C doesn't seem to satisfy parallelism,If C was correct then it should be
"not A formally sanctioned or A prohibited "
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10 Nov 2010, 07:45
+1 c
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10 Nov 2010, 07:55
rmangal wrote:
Confusion between C and E.

i must agree, can anyone explain difference between C & E?
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11 Nov 2010, 19:38
I chose C over D since it sounds more meanigfull and concise.
IMO (C).
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12 Nov 2010, 04:16
C must be the correct answer IMO.
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