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Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.
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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 12:55
I think it should be C. because FFond of is idion not the of swimming so we need of surfing... Please explain...
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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 13:15
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I think it should be C. because FFond of is idion not the of swimming so we need of surfing... Please explain...


The preposition "of" needs to be repeated to maintain the parallelism because "of" comes after neither.

Thats my thought process. I wish any experts would affirm it.
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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 15:17
I may be wrong, but I thought B and C changed the meaning too much.

You can be fond of something you don't physically like to do. For example, I don't like to surf because it hurts my injured knee, but I am still fond of surfing.


I suppose, however, you could say that grammatically there are better choices.
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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 18:45
IMO B.

The parallelism is maintained in B only..

...neither fond of swimming nor of surfing

Whats OA?


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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 22:54
Neither is the left hand parallel marker. Therefore what comes after neither should be parallel to what follows nor. None of the options other than E) seems to be parallel.

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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2013, 23:10
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Neither is the left hand parallel marker. Therefore what comes after neither should be parallel to what follows nor. None of the options other than E) seems to be parallel.

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Hi kinghyts

My though is: all options are not correct. The structure is Neither X nor Y. So, X and Y must parallel.

Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
Wrong. Worst, not parallel

(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
Wrong. "fond of swimming" and "of surfing" are not parallel. The correct structure should be:
- She is fond neither of swimming nor of surfing.
- She is fond of neither swimming nor surfing.

(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
Wrong. "fond of swimming" and "surfing" are not parallel.

(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
Wrong. Not parallel.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.
Wrong. Not parallel. Because "swimming" is noun, and "to surf" is infinitive. Technically, the structure does not match.

In short, GMAT prefers standard English grammars, so this question is quite far away from official questions.

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Re: Jerry and his wife [#permalink] New post 20 Jul 2013, 02:44
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Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.


As already suggested by Mod PQHai, such questions are not going to provide you a deep insight on how to score a perfect on GMAT.
Anyways, I was just surfing my home club where I found this question.
Against the provided answer, I still feel C is better in that "of" is implicit for both the entities.

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Re: Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2013, 05:59
This question is from SC Grail. Even I thought that all the answers are wrong!!

Better to practice with Offiical questions.
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Re: Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 06:38
why E is wrong, "Neither (clause) nor (clause)" maintains parallel structure.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

we can not even introduce perfect parallelism between objects of clauses; that much variance is allowed in gmat.

swimming gerund noun
to surf infinitive noun
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