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# By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine,

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By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

A. By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

B. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

C. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.

D. In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.

E. In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.
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02 Oct 2013, 12:04
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A and B erroneously imply that prescription is protecting the public. But commmon sense suggest that the law protect the public.

Simlimar is the problem with C

Out of D and E D says only should be placed next to qualified physician.

Therefore E.
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By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

A. By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

B. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

C. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.

D. In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.

E. In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.

A and B is doubtful in meaning. Protecting the public is not with respect to physician. C has which and it does not has a comma before it.
D has the same problem position of only. E describes everything perfectly...
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By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

A. By law, a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

B. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine, protecting the public.

C. By law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine which protects the public.

D. In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine.

E. In order to protect the public, by law only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.

Correct Idiomatic usage is - " in order to " , this reduces answer choices D and E

Between D and E I will Choose E

Only a qualified Physician looks betterthan A qualified Physician only can prescribe medicine

IMO E
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19 Dec 2014, 11:35
I still dont understand why not B. Protecting is modifying "only a physician can prescribe the medicine", the result of this that its protecting the public.
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It is not the physician or the prescription that is protecting the public; it is the law that is doing it. So, B is off the mark.
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It is not the physician or the prescription that is protecting the public; it is the law that is doing it. So, B is off the mark.

don't you think there should be a comma after by law in the option E. It sounds if by law only, the physician ...or it can sound like by law, only ..which then will be correct..
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It is not the physician or the prescription that is protecting the public; it is the law that is doing it. So, B is off the mark.

don't you think there should be a comma after by law in the option E. It sounds if by law only, the physician ...or it can sound like by law, only ..which then will be correct..

An opening prepositional phrase does not necessarily require a comma. Some grammarists suggest that if the phrase is not more than 3-4 words long, a comma can be omitted.

However, from claritiy aspect, your suggestion is better than option E.
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Ok, let’s try and put the comma after law as suggested and see.

In order to protect the public, by law, only a qualified physician can prescribe medicine.

Now the phrase –by law - turns inessential to the context; the introductory modifier -in order to protect the public- will have to necessarily modify the physician, thus distorting the intended meaning. Hence, I feel that a comma after law will be inappropriate
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18 Apr 2018, 05:41
Can anyone please explain why D is wrong as compared to E
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Can anyone please explain why D is wrong as compared to E

Placement of "only" correct in E.

In D, it can have two meanings.

qualified physician only can prescribe medicines

qualified physician only can prescribe medicines. Means qualified physician can't prescribe anything else.

Actual meaning is " only qualified doctors can prescribe medicines and no one else.

Therefore (E) is correct
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15 Jul 2018, 09:29
Hope your preparation is going well.
This is the question of modifiers. The error can be identified in the underlined portion as it implies that prescription is protecting public which is incorrect. Hence choice A goes out.
Now, B repeats the error. Hence B can also be eliminated.
C also has the same problem, gets eliminated.
Only will qualify law, hence out of the remaining two choices- the correct answer is E
Hope it helps.
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23 Jul 2018, 01:36
Hope your preparation is going well.
Now, let us try to identify an error in the underlined portion, the statement incorrectly suggests that medicine is protecting public however the intended idea is that the law protects the public. Hence Choice A goes out. On the similar grounds, B and C can be eliminated.
D is incorrect because the idea the sentence conveys is that qualified doctors can prescribe only medicines and nothing else. This is not what the sentence means and hence E is the right answer.
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