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A study of children of divorced parents found that ten years after the parents' divorce, children who had been under six years of age at the time of the settlement were not preoccupied, nor very curious, about the reasons that led to their parents' divorce.

A) not preoccupied, nor even very curious, about the reasons that led to their parents' divorce
B) not preoccupied, with, or even very curious about, the reasons for their parents' divorce
C) neither preoccupied, nor even very curious, with the reasons that led to their parents divorce
D) neither preoccupied with the reasons that led to their parents' divorces or even very curious about them
E) neither preoccupied with the reasons that their parents divorced not even very curious about it

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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 16:33
IMO C.

Neither can be used only with nor, however nor can be used by itself.

Thus, we have A and C left.

However, "occupied with" is the correct idiom rather than "occupied about". Hence IMO C.
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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 18:01
1. not...nor
2. neither...nor

both of 1 and 2 are ok

A for me!
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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 01 Jul 2008, 18:25
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A study of children of divorced parents found that ten years after the parents' divorce, children who had been under six years of age at the time of the settlement were not preoccupied, nor very curious, about the reasons that led to their parents' divorce.

A) not preoccupied, nor even very curious, about the reasons that led to their parents' divorce
B) not preoccupied, with, or even very curious about, the reasons for their parents' divorce
C) neither preoccupied, nor even very curious, with the reasons that led to their parents divorce
D) neither preoccupied with the reasons that led to their parents' divorces or even very curious about them
E) neither preoccupied with the reasons that their parents divorced not even very curious about it

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I think the SC is testing prepositions + Neither/nor concepts
I got B by POE

A. "with" missing after "preoccupied"
Also "Not X ,Nor Y " is incorrect Usage

No X , nor Y
No X or Y
No X and no Y
are the correct idioms


c. neither preoccupied, nor even very curious, with , is incorrect
neither preoccupied with , nor even very curious about , the reasons

D. What is "them" referring to? Divorces, reasons?
Logically it must refer to "reasons"

E. Neither X nor Y is the correct usage
Also "it" - incorrect pronoun for reasons.
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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2008, 02:35
OA is B

B uses the right prepositions at the right place with more clarity and the correct idiom is "curious about" and not "curious with"
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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2008, 03:36
i would have picked B ... are you sure there are no typos in it though ? The commas around 'with' seem unecessary.
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Re: SC: Parents' Divorce [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2008, 08:17
pmenon wrote:
i would have picked B ... are you sure there are no typos in it though ? The commas around 'with' seem unecessary.


exacty, i kicked out B because of the comma.
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