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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.
Re: When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror [#permalink]
14 Nov 2011, 18:11
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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. _________________
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.
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.