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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, 13:04
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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05 Oct 2013, 10:34
nightwing79 wrote:
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.

There is no OA posted for this question.

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07 Oct 2013, 11:04
nightwing79 wrote:
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.

So is the correct answer (E)?

(E) Sounds pretty good to me. In order to protect pubic - Law - Only qualified.
Correct sequence.

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15 Oct 2013, 22:11
I confirmed via a couple other gmat forums that E is the correct answer. And it appears to be a Princeton Review question. Why are people not putting the OA when they post a question?

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I confirmed via a couple other gmat forums that E is the correct answer. And it appears to be a Princeton Review question. Why are people not putting the OA when they post a question?

Cool. I always thought it was E
Thanks

P.S Too many questions without OA's nowadays...

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16 Dec 2013, 09:03
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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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16 Dec 2013, 10:31
nightwing79 wrote:
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, 12:35
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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09 Mar 2016, 07:27
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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18 Jul 2016, 09:16
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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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A,B wrongly uses modifier: protecting

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