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The Forbidden City in Beijing, from which the emperors ruled

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New post 12 Aug 2006, 07:49
B distorts the intended meaning of the sentence. Why would someone enter the city only to be :shot :?:

(C) stands.

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New post 24 Aug 2006, 04:29
PHEW! What a discussion. I'm going with C. Yes the last part - 'on pain of death' sounds wierd, but if we use B : was a site which a commoner or foreigner could enter without any permission only sounds even more horrid!
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New post 24 Aug 2006, 06:53
Going with C:

the negation (no before the subject) is more consise in C than it is in B (not a + any).
Plus "no" eats the "a" before "commoner" making the whole sentence read better.
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I have to go with C...

Unfortunately i have no explanation, but it appears that it might be an idiom. I say this only because it seems very very familiar.
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