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# There is no man but would give ten yeasr of his life to

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28 Jan 2004, 00:44
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There is no man but would give ten yeasr of his life to accomplish that deed.

B no man but who would give
C no man who would but give
D not any man would give

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28 Jan 2004, 06:33
A seems Ok
But is a conjunction seperating two clauses.
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28 Jan 2004, 22:13
A does not seem right to me...I would like to go for C.

Shouldn't man...be followed by a 'who'

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29 Jan 2004, 09:52
Think C.

no man who would but give

but = not. So, complete the sentence.. first as

There is no man who would give ten years of his life to accomplish that deed.

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29 Jan 2004, 12:09
Here is the analysis

There is no man but [one who] would give ten yeasr of his life to accomplish that deed.

= Everybody would give ten years of his life to accomplish that deed with implicit "if asked"

B and C change the meaning of A.
D is structually incorrect.

BTW, but is a preposition in this case.
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29 Jan 2004, 12:16
I've spoken English for 27 years, and read thousands of books. There is no flipping way that A is the right answer.

Maybe you can find test prep material that says that A is correct, but if a sentence like that ever winds up on the GMAT, I'll eat my hat.

I vote for "typo".
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29 Jan 2004, 12:30
That is an archaic usage.

p.276 of Modern English: A Practical Reference Guide by Marcella Frank, Regents/Prentice Hall, 1992.

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but(literary usage--appears after a negative verb and is itself negative)

There is not one of us but would (=who would not) find the work difficult.

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1. there is no man but would be ashamed to be thought not to have as much of it as his neighbours.
2. there is no man but would recognise that he was beautiful
3. there is no man but would diligently pursue pleasure by right or wrong.
4. So humble that no man but would say тАЬNoтАЭ to such bidding if he dare.
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29 Jan 2004, 13:02
This website http://www.gmac.com/gmac/TheGMAT/WhatIstheGMAT/WhattheGMATMeasures.htm states that the GMAT tests Standard Written English.

I believe you'll have a tough time making a valid argument that the "archaic" usage suggested in this question fits within SWE.

I don't mean to discourage anyone from posting or participating, but efforts, IMO, ought to be focused away from questions like this one.
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29 Jan 2004, 13:13
Stoolfi, I agree with you.

- native english speaker.
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29 Jan 2004, 13:28
BTW, I dont wanna twist the argument(native, archaic != SWE) Please be advised to check whether the question posted is from ETS material. Archaic does not mean outdated. You can find many examples in modern literature and legalese too.
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30 Jan 2004, 07:07
Well My friends the official ans is
A.....

n i think Zhung Gazi was able to explain his stand..
but i shud admit that i'm still confused with the usage of 'BUT'

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30 Jan 2004, 12:29
"but" is a preposition in this case.
but = save = except

regarding "can but" vs. "cannot but" check
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=cannot
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30 Jan 2004, 16:57
Hi stoolfi,

What should be the answer according to you. Or you think all the answers suck. This is possible though. I would like to know as I am not a native speaker.

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30 Jan 2004, 17:12
This is the most yuk question I came across.
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31 Jan 2004, 18:36
I got a hang of this...but no matter what I would have chosen C.
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Re: SC - no man [#permalink]

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26 Sep 2010, 04:35
see ..if you dig deep ..u can find gold
Re: SC - no man   [#permalink] 26 Sep 2010, 04:35
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