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

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957. 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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15 Nov 2009, 01:38
KocharRohit wrote:
957. 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.

B: It doesnot look like a gmat sc question however it could be a sc question.

C looks correct but misses a tiny small comma before which.
Rest are obvious wrong options.
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15 Nov 2009, 05:41
IMO "D".

A-- Conveys wrong meaning
B-- Seems a fragmanted sentence
C-- Use of which is wrong. Even if we have comma before "which", still it would be wrong.
D-- Conveys the correct meaning.
E-- By using "only" soon after "by law" changes the meaning. It can be read as "by law only", instead of "only a qualified physician"

So "D" for me.
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15 Nov 2009, 06:47
Hey guys,

This question has already been discussed here: sc-qualified-physician-71546.html

Cheers.
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15 Nov 2009, 10:24
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Hey guys,

This question has already been discussed here: sc-qualified-physician-71546.html

Cheers.

I know none of the choices seems correct. OA as E is not convincing. "Only and by law" are properly placed in B but not the modifying phrase. I chose B for "Only and by law".
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Hey guys,

This question has already been discussed here: sc-qualified-physician-71546.html

Cheers.

I know none of the choices seems correct. OA as E is not convincing. "Only and by law" are properly placed in B but not the modifying phrase. I chose B for "Only and by law".

B would be wrong I guess because 'protecting the public' becomes vague. Is the law protecting the public or is the physician protecting the public?

I had a doubt with D. Apparently 'only' is not placed correctly. However, I feel that the sentence makes perfect sense. In no way does it imply that the physician can 'only' prescribe medicine.

If the sentence would have been :
In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine.
Then I would've understood why 'only' is not in the correct position.

However, as it stands, I fail to see what is wrong with the placement of 'only' in choice (D).
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15 Nov 2009, 20:00
sriharimurthy wrote:
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sriharimurthy wrote:
Hey guys,

This question has already been discussed here: sc-qualified-physician-71546.html

Cheers.

I know none of the choices seems correct. OA as E is not convincing. "Only and by law" are properly placed in B but not the modifying phrase. I chose B for "Only and by law".

B would be wrong I guess because 'protecting the public' becomes vague. Is the law protecting the public or is the physician protecting the public?

I had a doubt with D. Apparently 'only' is not placed correctly. However, I feel that the sentence makes perfect sense. In no way does it imply that the physician can 'only' prescribe medicine.

If the sentence would have been :
In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician can only prescribe medicine.
Then I would've understood why 'only' is not in the correct position.

However, as it stands, I fail to see what is wrong with the placement of 'only' in choice (D).

Only should be placed before the word it modifies. Not after.
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08 Jul 2010, 09:30
So it means that the letter d is correct. "In order to protect the public, by law a qualified physician only can prescribe medicine." It has the correct meaning and more specific.
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08 Jul 2010, 10:57
NICE question... I also picked C but after reading all discussions, looks like E is the answer
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20 Jul 2010, 18:43
I think e changes the meaning, whereas D doesn't. Strongly inclined towards D
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