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
Could you please tell me the diffference between option A and E. Why is parallelism correct in E and not in A.
Also the missing ellipse part.
I'm happy to respond to your p.m.
This SC question is simply atrocious. It is embarrassing. The phrases "are a worried lot
" and "just around the corner
" are casual colloquialisms that have absolutely no place in GMAT Sentence Correction. It sounds as if a teenager wrote this question. This question reflects absolutely nothing of the formalism and rigor that the GMAT always maintains.
I don't think it's worth spending any time analyzing the logic of this question. Choice (E)
is perfectly correct. Arguably, choice (A)
is acceptable as well. The person who wrote the question might have his or her own reason why (A)
is wrong, but frankly, given the overall quality of the question, I am simply not interested in that explanation. Exploring the logic of low quality SC questions absolutely will not prepare you for the GMAT.
I recommend sticking to high quality questions. Here's a high quality GMAT SC practice question:http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3597
Does all this make sense?
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