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Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoes [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 23:49
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Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Henry Fielding’s JosephAndrews, or Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is believedto have been the first English novel ever written.

is believed to have been the first English novelever written.
is believed as being the first English novel everwritten.
are the English novels believed to be the firstwritten.
are the English novels which were believed asthe first written.
are the first English novels ever believed to bewritten.

i know the is/are split ,which out of the first two and what clues to choose the answer.
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 23:57
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see what follows "or"...in this case it is singular 'Samuel Richardson’s Pamela' ... so 'is' is correct... believed to be is correct idiom.... so A stays
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 01:58
A. Since there is "either", then it's singular and we should choose the answers with "is". Since the option B has "being", which renders that option incorrect, I say it's A.
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 02:55
thanku for the explanation guys
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 04:47
thanks guys for precise and prompt replies :-D
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2009, 05:44
dont have the OA but it should be A
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Re: Richardson’s Pamela [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2011, 08:12
A. Presence of 'OR' means the sentence is singular. This rules out C,D and E. B has being which is wrong. So A.
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Re: Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoes [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2012, 02:32
Can someone pls help me understand.. How Either is Plural in our context...

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Re: Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoes [#permalink] New post 17 Jan 2012, 08:28
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Hi,
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 English novel ever written.

(A) is believed to have been the first English novel ever written.
(B) is believed as being the first English novel ever written.
(C) are the English novels believed to be the first written.
(D) are the English novels which were believed as the first written.
(E) are the first English novels ever believed to be written.

@navi19: Plural verb can be used with the idiom “either… or…” depending on the context of the sentence. Consider the following examples:
1. Either the teacher or the students are responsible for this indiscipline.
2. Either the students or the teacher is responsible for this indiscipline.
So, the noun that appears after “or” decides the number of the verb. If the noun preceding “or” is singular, then the verb should be singular and vice-versa.
In the sentence in question, the correct verb to be used is certainly “is” because “Samuel Richardson’s Pamela” is a singular noun.
Between A and B, A is correct because it used the correct idiom “believed to have been written”. The correct idiom is “believed” to be something.
Hope this helps.
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