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# When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror

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12 Nov 2010, 05:16
C must be the correct answer IMO.
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12 Nov 2010, 23:35
peraspera wrote:
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Agreed with peraspera. The adjective "formal" rather than the adverb "formally" will be meaningful. But in the end we have to choose only among the answer choices...

"formally" is an adverb that modifies the verbs sanctioned and prohibited. This is the correct word to use IMO

It would be correct to choose "formally" if the verb "sanctioned" was not underlined in the question stem.
As you can see, it is underlined, and choice C does not have this verb, therefore "formally" does not fit.

I'm 99.99% certain the poster made a typo somewhere, or underlined what he should not have (like the word "sanctioned", for example). All IMO, of course.

I think it would be a fair assumption that "sanctioned" was underlined by mistake (Option A does not have "sanctioned").

ichha148 wrote:
(A) which are not formally
(B) which are not a formally
(C) which is not a formally
(D) which is formally not a
(E) which is not formally

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confused b/w C and E. Couldnt find an explanation for this.
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13 Nov 2011, 17:19
Economist wrote:
D. OA?

Why not C:

not a formally or prohibited means >> awkward...it should be not a formal or prohibited means
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ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

a)which are not formally
b)which are not a formally
c)which is not a formally
d)which is formally not a
e)which is not formally

C

D distorts meaning and puts emphasis on formally [not a sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict] where C says it is not a formally sanctioned.
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13 Nov 2011, 17:26
Why E wrong? I think sanctioned and prohibited here play a role of adj. The word "means" is plural noun. Why we need "a" here

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14 Nov 2011, 17:31
... a case... a means... a verdict...
Parallel structure?

Ans: C

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14 Nov 2011, 18:45
+1 for c

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04 Dec 2011, 01:24
Can someone clearly explain the difference between C and D?

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07 Feb 2012, 23:34
It should be formal and prohibited ..i think it is a typo .
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26 Nov 2013, 07:13
ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

(A) which are not formally
(B) which are not a formally
(C) which is not a formally
(D) which is formally not a
(E) which is not formally

Good one;

Here there is clear cut explanation in the previous post about the answer choices. But i feel need explanation about why not D or Why not C ? The plot of the passage is court of law. In making the decision the juror needs to comply according to mentioned procedures in law. Which means that if the a procedure is documented in the law. D changes the meaning of the sentence as the procedure is mentioned as 'NOT SANCTIONED'. Is it possible? So the answer is C- which clear cut identifies the verb agreement error and meaning.

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17 Jun 2014, 04:48
C. gut instinct, which is not a formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

a formally sanctioned or prohibited means (SUBJECT SINGULAR) goes well with verb IS

sanctioned or prohibited means (adjective + noun )

Therefore, C is grammatically correct.
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02 Feb 2017, 04:41
ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

(A) which are not formally
(B) which are not a formally
(C) which is not a formally
(D) which is formally not a
(E) which is not formally

Hi
In option choice C, the "a" before formally should also be present before prohibited thereby making the sentence as which is not a formally or "a" prohibited means of reaching a verdict...
As this is not the case I chose E
Where did I go wrong...pl help

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05 Mar 2017, 00:18
ichha148 wrote:
When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror tends to decide a case according to his or her gut instinct, which are not formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.

(A) which are not formally
(B) which are not a formally
(C) which is not a formally
(D) which is formally not a
(E) which is not formally

C wins over D due to parallelism error

'a sanctioned or a prohibited means ' would have made D correct n better option.

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05 Mar 2017, 05:49
Can someone explain the difference between C and D. I am still not convinced with explanations provided.
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06 Mar 2017, 11:23
ankujgupta wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between C and D. I am still not convinced with explanations provided.

Excellent explanation above by abhimahna. Basically in D the adverb "formally" modifies the verb "is", whereas in D the adverb "formally" modifies the adjective "sanctioned". The original sentence conveys the latter meaning.
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