The plantation owners are a worried lot because the rains are just around the corner and neither the topsoil has arrived nor have the plants.
A) neither the topsoil has arrived nor have the plants
B) neither the topsoil has arrived nor the plants
C) neither the topsoil nor the plants has arrived
D) neither of the topsoil or plants has arrived
E) neither has the topsoil nor the plants have arrived
please explain your answer.
Source: Aristotle SC
If you break underlined portion into two parts, then things will become very clear to you.
i) the topsoil has not arrived
ii) the plants have not arrived.
Since plants is plural entity, therefore we use "have" instead of "has".
Also keep in mind that in the "neither......nor" construction, the verb will depend on the proximity with "nor". If the noun closest to "nor" is plural, then the verb will be plural and vice versa.
Only A follows these rules and hence the answer.
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