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Depending on which scholar you consult, either Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews, or Samuel Richardson's Pamela is believed to have been the first modern English novel ever written.

A) is believed to have been the first modern English novel ever written

B) is believed as being the first modern English novel ever written

C) are believed to have been teh first modern English novel ever written

D) are the English novels believed to be the first written in the modern style

E) are the first modern English novels every believed to be written
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This sentence has a clear 2/3 split between is and are in the answer choices. When the questions have such a clear split, it is in your best interest to look into that error type first. In this case it is a subject/verb error because the split is between is, a singular verb, and "are", a plural verb so you have to check the subject. This sentence has a combined subject connected with an "or" so the last item in the list controls single/plural. Because the book Pamela is singular, you need a singular verb and C, D and E are eliminated.

The next issue is which preposition goes most appropriatedly wiht the verb Believed. it is idiomatic to say you believe something "To", not "as" thus A is the correct answer.

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Re: Depending on which scholar you consult, either [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 09:37
I have a question about the number of items in the list. How can this list have 3 items and be separated by either ... or .... ? When using "either, or", shouldn't we have only 2 items?
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Re: Depending on which scholar you consult, either [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 09:51
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I have a question about the number of items in the list. How can this list have 3 items and be separated by either ... or .... ? When using "either, or", shouldn't we have only 2 items?


No, it is not necessary that if we deal with "either...or", we need to have only two items. International magazines such as "Economist", "The scientific american" etc deal with such sentences regularly.

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Re: Depending on which scholar you consult, either [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2013, 09:57
Thanks Marcab. That helps. I will keep this in mind next time I see a "either .. or .. " question
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