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Neither the judge nor I am ready to announce who the winner [#permalink] New post 23 May 2005, 11:15
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[u]Neither the judge nor I am ready to announce who the winner is.[/u]

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b)Neither the judge nor I are ready to announce who the winner is.
c)Neither the judge nor I are ready to announce who is the winner
d)Neither the judge nor I am ready to announce who is the winner
e)Neither I or the judge are ready to announce who is the winner.

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 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2005, 12:22
A it is.

B, C, and E - Discarded because "are" is used - It needs to be singular

A sounds good to me. But I am not sure on what basis you could reject D. Any grammatical reason why D should be rejected?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2005, 21:07
Very good question.....


We have seen at multiple sources that the number should be the one closest to the noun after "nor". Here it is I....So shouldnt it be "am"??

Some one please explain.....
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2005, 00:36
D should be it.
but again, this is not a good construction, instead "am" should be "is" to make it a more standard way of using the construction.
I guess I read this in Wren & Martin
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2005, 05:30
The answer should be A for the following reasons.

1. Correct Idiom usage Neither A nor B
2. Correct Verb Usage "am" which conforms with the singular 1st person pronoun "I" following nor.
3. Style - "who the winner is" in this sentence appears more appropriate than "who is the winner". The latter is typically used in a question.
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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2005, 08:59
I'll pick A, since the original sentence is preferred when there is no flaw in it
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 [#permalink] New post 25 May 2005, 05:26
The OA is A.

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