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# i think i did it earlier, but now i find it very strange....

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i think i did it earlier, but now i find it very strange....

The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled by heavenly mandate, was a site which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission, on pain of death.

(A) which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission,
(B) which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission only
(C) which no commoner or foreigner could enter without permission,
(D) which, without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could only enter,
(E) which, to enter without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could do,

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25 Sep 2005, 17:23
I guess there should be no comma(,) in front of "on pain of death".

I pick (B).

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26 Sep 2005, 03:39
Shud be B. Not sure sure how C holds true..

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26 Sep 2005, 05:40
My first answer in the verbal section.

I think the answer is C. I did not choose B becuase i thought it was negating the sentence.

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26 Sep 2005, 10:54
i pick B, otherwise the sentence does not make sense.
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26 Sep 2005, 12:47
Maybe C.

I feel permission is required for the entry.

If B, then no permission is required?

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26 Sep 2005, 17:05
celiaXDN wrote:
Maybe C.

I feel permission is required for the entry.

If B, then no permission is required?

No permission is required, because it's "on pain of death".

No permission => Death

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26 Sep 2005, 18:55
what is the structure of this sentence? how the last non-underlined part, on pain of death, relates to the rest part of the sentence?

HIMALAYA wrote:
The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled by heavenly mandate, was a site which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission, on pain of death.

(A) which a commoner or foreigner could not enter without any permission,
(B) which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission only
(C) which no commoner or foreigner could enter without permission,
(D) which, without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could only enter,
(E) which, to enter without permission, neither commoner or foreigner could do,

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26 Sep 2005, 22:09
I think two streams of understanding the meaning of the sentence occur here. Those who chose B may think: due to the free entry to the Forbidden City, the relic was put on pain of death( mean chaotic visitors destroy it) . Those with C may think the reverse : without the streamload of visitors( here may mean travellers as well) , the relic was paid so little attention of certain kind of renovation that it was on pain of death.
I picked C.

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26 Sep 2005, 22:09
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