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902.Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.

(A) nor do they endow him
(B) but they do not endow him
(C) neither do they endow him
(D) and they neither endow him
(E) while endowing him neither

Friends, can you help me how to tell apart A nd C? Thanks!
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Re: 902.SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 18:25
Typically "nor" is used with the idiom "neither...nor", but it can be used alone, although rarely.

I think C is correct.

when the sentence uses "neither" is kind of like saying "also". This is not a very good explanation. I'm very tired right now.

Tough question. I hope I helped at least a little bit.

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902.Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.

(A) nor do they endow him
(B) but they do not endow him
(C) neither do they endow him
(D) and they neither endow him
(E) while endowing him neither

Friends, can you help me how to tell apart A nd C? Thanks!

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Re: 902.SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 18:56
I disagree. To me A is better than C. As JM explained nor can come up with out neither. I am not sure about the vice versa.

Does neither needs nor by all means? this has been bugging me for a while. Can some one explain?

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The Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.

I confidently feel that the answer is A. What is OA?

On a side note, I would like to get to the bottom of neither/nor, either/or and not only but also. How one part of them can appear with out other?
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Re: 902.SC [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 11:34
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902.Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.

(A) nor do they endow him
(B) but they do not endow him
(C) neither do they endow him
(D) and they neither endow him
(E) while endowing him neither

Friends, can you help me how to tell apart A nd C? Thanks!


We need a coordinating conjunctions to join 2 independent sentence.

"Neither" is not a coordination conjunction
Nor, but, and - coordination conjunctions
We need to draw a contrast .Therefore " but" and " and" in B and D are not correct.
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Re: 902.SC [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 15:08
It is A.

Here is a rule...

Neither must always be used before a nor...

Nor can be used without neither and as a co-ordinating conjunction.
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Re: 902.SC [#permalink] New post 07 Jul 2008, 17:44
Many many thanks! :P

I am definitely persuaded by:

Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Neither must always be used before a nor...

Nor can be used without neither and as a co-ordinating conjunction


icandy wrote:
"Neither" is not a coordination conjunction
Nor, but, and - coordination conjunctions

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