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In the American legal system, the jury have to decide

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In the American legal system, the jury have to decide whether or not the defendant is guilty.

A) the jury have to decide whether or not the defendant is guilty
B) the jurors has to make a decision about the defendant's guilt
C) the jury has to decide on whether or not the defendant is guilty
D) jurors have to decide if the defendant is guilty
E) a jury has to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not
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20 Jun 2014, 10:25
i marked E in this SC but i somehow do not like E either !!
all other choice are blatantly wrong
the best choice would have been : a jury has to decide whether the defendant is guilty
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20 Jun 2014, 12:45
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i marked E in this SC but i somehow do not like E either !!
all other choice are blatantly wrong
the best choice would have been : a jury has to decide whether the defendant is guilty

You are right a jury has to decide whether the defendant is guilty would have been ideal, but I have seen some questions in the OG that use similar construction as E.
What GMAT really hates is the use of whether or not, but the use of whether X is Y or not seems acceptable.
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20 Jun 2014, 20:34
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prasun9 wrote: OG that use similar construction as E.

if u have really seen such a construction then please do me a favor of copying such a question here . i would like to see such a construction
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20 Jun 2014, 21:15
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prasun9 wrote: OG that use similar construction as E.

if u have really seen such a construction then please do me a favor of copying such a question here . i would like to see such a construction
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I can't copy OG questions due to copyright issues, also I don't remember the exact question no, but you can find the rule at http://public.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/whether.html

“Whether” works fine on its own in most contexts: “I wonder whether I forgot to turn off the stove?” But when you mean “regardless of whether” it has to be followed by “or not” somewhere in the sentence: “We need to leave for the airport in five minutes whether you’ve found your teddy bear or not.”
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20 Jun 2014, 21:25
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I can't copy OG questions due to copyright issues,

oh prasun !! this is not manhattan gmat forum . almost entire OG 13 is pasted here . so u can go ahead and paste the question OR put the question number and OG number

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honestly GMAT rules are much different .they are not governed by such URL's . if u can put the official problem that cites such a construction then only this issue can be settled
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21 Jun 2014, 02:15
Whether .. or not.. is idiomatic. Unless there is some pure grammatical issue with the choice we should not abstain from choosing such choice.

Refer MGMAT SC, page 177.
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21 Jun 2014, 02:15
Whether .. or not.. is idiomatic. Unless there is some pure grammatical issue with the choice we should not abstain from choosing such choice.

Refer MGMAT SC, page 177.
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21 Jun 2014, 02:21
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piyush wrote: Whether .. or not.. is idiomatic.

well if mannhattan says so then we have to accept this .thanks for pointing it out . can u please copy the correct sentence which manhattan has given
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piyush wrote: Whether .. or not.. is idiomatic.

well if mannhattan says so then we have to accept this .thanks for pointing it out . can u please copy the correct sentence which manhattan has given

Following are the correct examples mentioned in the guide.

I decided to eat the food WHETHER it is tasty OR NOT.
WHETHER trash OR treasure, the recyclables must be picked up.
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