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Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is leading neither to better
times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or
actually destroying
the terrorists.
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, or
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of
national security, or
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense
of national security, and neither is it
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, and it is not
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security, nor is it
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I thought 'nor' can only be used with ''neither'. so 'nor' can be used with 'not' as well?? Experts please advise, thanks.

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I thought 'nor' can only be used with ''neither'. so 'nor' can be used with 'not' as well?? Experts please advise, thanks.


Yup Nor can be used without neither , please go through the following link -

http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/2009/08/ ... art-3-of-7

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Kevalkhanna wrote:
Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is leading neither to better
times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or
actually destroying
the terrorists.
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, or
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of
national security, or
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense
of national security, and neither is it
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, and it is not
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security, nor is it


Wrong question--E cannot be right
Reason:

Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security,
nor is it actually destroying the terrorists.

See the second highlighted part---is is--a repetition

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Kevalkhanna wrote:
Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is leading neither to better
times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or
actually destroying
the terrorists.
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, or
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of
national security, or
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense
of national security, and neither is it
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, and it is not
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security, nor is it


Wrong question--E cannot be right

Reason:

Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security,
nor is it actually destroying the terrorists.

See the second highlighted part---is is--a repetition


Ratnesh,

E is indeed the correct answer :-D.

There are two things at play here that you need to understand. Neither...nor trap and a cleverly disguised parallelism is..is

Let's first understand the meaning here. The sentence is trying to link 3 things together. The fact that war on terrorism is not leading to better time for investing, it is not leading to a sense of national security and it is not actually destroying the terrorists.

Structure
As per the sentence and the answer choices, the 3 things are not included at the same level (Eg. not leading to X,Y and Z). Instead, the question clubs two of the three aspects inside one fragment (starting with not) and the other fragment (starting with nor). These two fragments however must be parallel -> as highlighted by the is..is construct. So this is correct.

POE
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or -> Neither must be succeeded by nor, hence incorrect
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of national security, or -> The fragments within the neither..nor construct must be parallel. Here neither to.. not [color=#ff0000]to, the 'to' part is missing, hence incorrect. This sentence also convolutes the meaning and hence can be eliminated. [/color]
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense of national security, and neither is it -> Either..nor..Neither is seriously flawed, only allowable structures are Either..or, Neither..nor, Not..nor
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, and it is not -> It is the only choice that attempts to connect X,Y, Z parallely. The 'it is not' portion breaks the parallelism.
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national security, nor is it -> The correct answer :-D. It maintains the parallelism through is..is construct and also maintains the not..not structure. Hence the best option and the correct one.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!
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shubhraghosh wrote:
RatneshS wrote:
Kevalkhanna wrote:
Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is leading neither to better
times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or
actually destroying
the terrorists.
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, or
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of
national security, or
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense
of national security, and neither is it
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national
security, and it is not
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security, nor is it


Wrong question--E cannot be right

Reason:

Contrary to popular opinion, the war on terrorism is not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national
security,
nor is it actually destroying the terrorists.

See the second highlighted part---is is--a repetition


Ratnesh,

E is indeed the correct answer :-D.

There are two things at play here that you need to understand. Neither...nor trap and a cleverly disguised parallelism is..is

Let's first understand the meaning here. The sentence is trying to link 3 things together. The fact that war on terrorism is not leading to better time for investing, it is not leading to a sense of national security and it is not actually destroying the terrorists.

Structure
As per the sentence and the answer choices, the 3 things are not included at the same level (Eg. not leading to X,Y and Z). Instead, the question clubs two of the three aspects inside one fragment (starting with not) and the other fragment (starting with nor). These two fragments however must be parallel -> as highlighted by the is..is construct. So this is correct.

POE
(A) leading neither to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, or -> Neither must be succeeded by nor, hence incorrect
(B) leading neither to better times for investing nor a more relaxed sense of national security, or -> The fragments within the neither..nor construct must be parallel. Here neither to.. not [color=#ff0000]to, the 'to' part is missing, hence incorrect. This sentence also convolutes the meaning and hence can be eliminated. [/color]
(C) not leading to either better times for investing nor to more of a relaxed sense of national security, and neither is it -> Either..nor..Neither is seriously flawed, only allowable structures are Either..or, Neither..nor, Not..nor
(D) not leading to better times for investing, more of a relaxed sense of national security, and it is not -> It is the only choice that attempts to connect X,Y, Z parallely. The 'it is not' portion breaks the parallelism.
(E) not leading to better times for investing or to a more relaxed sense of national security, nor is it -> The correct answer :-D. It maintains the parallelism through is..is construct and also maintains the not..not structure. Hence the best option and the correct one.

Hope this helps.

Cheers!


I still cant absorb the parallel structure "A is not B, nor is it C" as stated in answer E.
Can anyone explain more?

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Seems like there is still some ambiguity about this question - could we get an expert's help?

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