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# SC - Forbidden City

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What's the difference between A and C. Find the answer...

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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22 Sep 2008, 14:16
Richardson wrote:
What's the difference between A and C. Find the answer...

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,

I would say C but this Q is a real weird one.

D & E are clearly out

no commoner or foreigner is different from a C or F in that the former includes all C & F, Where as the latter talks about every such C & F. We clearly need the former where C & F were NOT allowed. any permission is awkward.

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22 Sep 2008, 14:21
A: Sounds double negation – could not enter without
C: emphasis "commoner or foreigner"

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22 Sep 2008, 14:42
B sounds right. It is the only one that preserves the original meaning of the sentence. The sentence means that a commoner could enter without permission but then, would be faced with death. Its not that the commoner could not enter. He could, but then he would have to face death.

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22 Sep 2008, 18:16
Richardson wrote:
What's the difference between A and C. Find the answer...

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,

OA given is C. For me, only A and C worked. However, in A, I think we do need an "a" in front of foreigner. But in this case as well, the sentence looks very weird to me. And I don't think "without any permission" sounds okay. How does it sound to you guys?

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22 Sep 2008, 20:39
Richardson wrote:
What's the difference between A and C. Find the answer...

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,

Couldnot ---- Without two -ve <-- unnecessary redundancy or rahter awakward!

IMO C

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23 Sep 2008, 00:49
It was between (A) and (C), I eliminated (A) because "without any permission" was awkward. That leaves (C).
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