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# The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors

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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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08 Mar 2004, 08:55
The answer is either B or C.

What is the meaning of this sentence?
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08 Mar 2004, 08:57
Agree with C being best. B does not make sense to me...
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08 Mar 2004, 09:08
Geethu wrote:
Is there a glaring error in A ??

A and B's forms "could not enter without any permission" and "could enter without any permission" are wrong. You either "could not enter without permission" or "could enter without permission". "any" is totally unappropriate in this context
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11 Mar 2004, 21:40
guys

if one goes with C ... wht happens to the words "on pain of death. " .. are they skipped / deleted alltogether???

If yes, doesnt it change the complete meaning/purpose of the sentence?

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11 Mar 2004, 22:37
pusht 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.

something is wrong in the structure of this sentence. in present conditions, i'd choose (b)
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12 Mar 2004, 03:06
pusht 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.

Answer should be "B". Reason is, TO MAKE SENTENCE ADHERE TO THE MEANING OF THE MODIFIER WHICH FOLLOWS TO UNDERLINED PART.
I would say sentence has no structural error either. it has a meaning:

ONE CANONLY ENTER AT THE CITY ON PAIN OF DEATH.
And u know guys, "C" spoils the meaning by saying

no one could enter the city without permission, on pain of death. Saying after death one needs to have permission. (it ditrots the meaning either.)

I vouch for "B" as an answer.

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14 Mar 2004, 09:58
This should be B.

Why?
Because

The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the
emperors ruled by heavenly mandate, was a site
which a commoner or foreigner could enter
without any permission only
on pain of death.

This says that the commoner or foreigner could enter, but they would die for for their actions.

C then that the commoner and foreigner cant enter, but then leaves on pain of death hanging and not refering to anything.

B says x does y and then receives pain or death.
C say x does not y and then on pain or death connects to nothing.

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14 Mar 2004, 12:22
gmatfordays wrote:
This should be B.

Why?
Because

The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the
emperors ruled by heavenly mandate, was a site
which a commoner or foreigner could enter
without any permission only
on pain of death.

This says that the commoner or foreigner could enter, but they would die for for their actions.

C then that the commoner and foreigner cant enter, but then leaves on pain of death hanging and not refering to anything.

B says x does y and then receives pain or death.
C say x does not y and then on pain or death connects to nothing.

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Well, I see your reasoning. It is very good. However, back in my days, if an answer choice contradicts the other 4, it is usually wrong. GMAT likes 2+3 or at least 2+2+1. (This may differ, however, depending on the source of this question and let's hope it is not copyrighted) . I think PowerPrep often refers to this phonomenon as "The answer choice changes the intended meaning of the sentence"

If the answer is B, the sentense does not seem logical in this case.
"On pain of death" means under the threat of death.

If you substitute "on pain of death" with the explanation above, the sentense will read:
"which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission under the threat of death." This should be "could NOT enter"

A is wrong for sure since it says "any permission" and that's illogical
D is garbage
E is even worse than D

The only one I see left is C, but the last time I was in the battle was in 2002. I will be intrigued to see you win
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14 Mar 2004, 12:44
Dharmin wrote:
pusht 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.

Answer should be "B". Reason is, TO MAKE SENTENCE ADHERE TO THE MEANING OF THE MODIFIER WHICH FOLLOWS TO UNDERLINED PART.
I would say sentence has no structural error either. it has a meaning:

ONE CANONLY ENTER AT THE CITY ON PAIN OF DEATH.
And u know guys, "C" spoils the meaning by saying

no one could enter the city without permission, on pain of death. Saying after death one needs to have permission. (it ditrots the meaning either.)

I vouch for "B" as an answer.

Dharmin

I stand corrected. Yes Dharmin, I omitted the last part of the sentence which only B makes the correct link to.
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