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# When presented with only circumstantial evidence, a juror tends to dec

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06 Mar 2017, 01:04
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ankujgupta wrote:
Can someone explain the difference between C and D. I am still not convinced with explanations provided.

In D, there is a meaning change. Which is formally 'not a sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.' Notice that formally here modifies both sanctioned and prohibited'

While in C(or original question), We are given 'which is not a formally sanctioned or prohibited means of reaching a verdict.'. So, here I could say formally modifies only sanctions. Hence, C is preferred over D as C maintain the original meaning.
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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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15 May 2018, 09:50
Whats wrong with E.Can any one explain?

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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

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15 May 2018, 10:42
Whats wrong with E.Can any one explain?

E is also causing meaning problem.

Distinction between a formally means vs formally means.

When you say formally means, you are actually changing the meaning of the sentence. "A formally means" - instinct is one of the various formally means. While formally means - instinct is the formally means.

Does that make sense?
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07 Jun 2018, 04:58
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

-- "gut instinct" is singular so a and b are out.
-- D changes the meaning. It is now giving hint that "gut instinct" is formally not a sanctioned means but informally is. the original sentence is just saying it is not a formal means -
-- Between C and E , C is better as it using "a" clarifies the means is singular. Means can be singular / plural both. (I agree with above posts on this).
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