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The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other
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The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

I'll go with D here.

I think whenever we have a nor, there should be a neither before that:
Neither X nor Y. So A and B are both out.

C is out because "where" should be used to refer to location and plus the whole sentence is just awkard.

E is out because the construction of ways that related to some other is awkward. some other what??

D is a better choice because it clearly states the ways in which the plants are related to one another.
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26 Aug 2006, 06:50
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The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

I'll go with D here.

I think whenever we have a nor, there should be a neither before that:
Neither X nor Y. So A and B are both out.

C is out because "where" should be used to refer to location and plus the whole sentence is just awkard.

E is out because the construction of ways that related to some other is awkward. some other what??

D is a better choice because it clearly states the ways in which the plants are related to one another.

I'll second that (D) and add that "one another" is grammatically correct in showing interdependance within a group (planets)

BTW: In case you haven't heard, we are back down to 8 planets. Pluto has been put on a leash.
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26 Aug 2006, 08:35
Straight D.
Use "one another" to show relation among two or more things.
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26 Aug 2006, 10:36
no doubt here. or fits better than nor.

and C and E are awkward.
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26 Aug 2006, 10:57
Yes GMATT73. Read that. Eight plantets..and eight bits..
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27 Aug 2006, 08:34
yup. OA is D
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27 Aug 2006, 08:48
Late but D ..
Hey just to add something to the discussion ..
is it true that we can NEVER use nor without neither preceding it ????
I think I've sen sentences where nor is used alone...
e.g.
"You did not help your brother, nor does he expect you to do so."
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24 Aug 2009, 23:43
uvs_mba wrote:
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

I'll go with D here.

I think whenever we have a nor, there should be a neither before that:
Neither X nor Y. So A and B are both out.

C is out because "where" should be used to refer to location and plus the whole sentence is just awkard.

E is out because the construction of ways that related to some other is awkward. some other what??

D is a better choice because it clearly states the ways in which the plants are related to one another.

"Nor" can be used without a "neither" before it.
Oxford dictionary:
Nor: used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

In the sentence, the verb before "nor" is "made", and "made" itself has no negative meaning. that is why we can not use "nor" here.
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06 Aug 2010, 11:56
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other awkard
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

modifier question:
where is used to modify a place
the correct modifier for metaphorical uses (eg "the way") should be "in which"
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-first split nor and or, throw the options with nor as the sentence already has the negative in "no"
-throw out C as where is used for locations.
- throw out E for odd usage of "some other"

Hence D
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06 Aug 2010, 20:56
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other awkard
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

1. nor is always used with neither, A & B are gone.
2. where is a relative pronoun used to compare places, hence C is gone
E is gramatically wrong
So option D is left which contains or and is logically correct too.
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07 Aug 2010, 01:04
hi i had a doubt here...

does not d have a problem with they.. they does not have a proper precendent..

and also i think we can use nor alone without using neither.
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07 Aug 2010, 09:40
Hey thanks for correcting me ..
It is true that nor can be used alone as well, for negation of a sentence .

However here the sentence formation is of the form 'subject - parallelism'.

The solution to this problem lies in this alone. Now the sentence begins with a negative verb 'made almost no attempt' followed by parallel phrases.Hence the use of nor or subject unnecessary and repetition of negativism.
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08 Aug 2010, 02:27
Ibnbatuta wrote:
Hey thanks for correcting me ..
It is true that nor can be used alone as well, for negation of a sentence .

However here the sentence formation is of the form 'subject - parallelism'.

The solution to this problem lies in this alone. Now the sentence begins with a negative verb 'made almost no attempt' followed by parallel phrases.Hence the use of nor or subject unnecessary and repetition of negativism.

Thanks for the clarification..

Can you help with the second doubt as well.

Usage of "They" does is it not ambiguous in option D.
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Same parallelism ..the subject of they has already been mentioned once at the begining of sentence and does not need to be repeated due to parallelism ...
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Ibnbatuta wrote:
Same parallelism ..the subject of they has already been mentioned once at the begining of sentence and does not need to be repeated due to parallelism ...

Ok !! got it thanks
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nor can be used with "not" also.
1)not/neither X nor Y.
2)not/neither X or Y or ......nor Z.

Please correct, if above wrong.
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14 Aug 2011, 15:45
Simply D

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+1 D, First it logical parallelism between the nouns, & they clearly refer to plants
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