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# The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled

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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.

Official Answer is C that in my opinion is incorrect
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11 Jan 2013, 11:41
(B) which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission only
Construction "without any permission only" is grammatically incorrect. Use of "ONLY" along with "without ANY" is wordy.
(C) which no commoner or foreigner could enter without permission.
This construction is concise and conveys required meaning.
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11 Jan 2013, 18:38
Hi,

B is incorrect because you are changing the meaning of the sentence and ignoring the prohibition on entering. B says it is ok for foreigners and commoners to enter. For this sentence to read correctly, B would have to read "only with permission" -- only would need to be earlier in the sentence.

The problem with the current sentence construction is that there is a double negative by using both NO and WITHOUT

Answer choice C indicates the prohibition on entering without a double negative.

Does this make sense?
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12 Jan 2013, 07:25
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Hi,

B is incorrect because you are changing the meaning of the sentence and ignoring the prohibition on entering. B says it is ok for foreigners and commoners to enter. For this sentence to read correctly, B would have to read "only with permission" -- only would need to be earlier in the sentence.

The problem with the current sentence construction is that there is a double negative by using both NO and WITHOUT

Answer choice C indicates the prohibition on entering without a double negative.

Does this make sense?

Actually i was in confusion with the meaning of 'on pain of death'. However i checked the meaning now. Choice C is correct.

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