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# Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoes

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Depending on which scholar you consult, either DanielDefoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Henry Fielding’s JosephAndrews, or Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is believedto have been the first English novel ever written.

is believed to have been the first English novelever written.
is believed as being the first English novel everwritten.
are the English novels believed to be the firstwritten.
are the English novels which were believed asthe first written.
are the first English novels ever believed to bewritten.

i know the is/are split ,which out of the first two and what clues to choose the answer.
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28 Sep 2009, 00:57
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see what follows "or"...in this case it is singular 'Samuel Richardson’s Pamela' ... so 'is' is correct... believed to be is correct idiom.... so A stays
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28 Sep 2009, 02:58
A. Since there is "either", then it's singular and we should choose the answers with "is". Since the option B has "being", which renders that option incorrect, I say it's A.
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28 Sep 2009, 03:55
thanku for the explanation guys
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dont have the OA but it should be A
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A. Presence of 'OR' means the sentence is singular. This rules out C,D and E. B has being which is wrong. So A.
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17 Jan 2012, 03:32
Can someone pls help me understand.. How Either is Plural in our context...

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Depending on which scholar you consult, either Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews, or Samuel Richardson’s Pamela is believed to have been the first English novel ever written.

(A) is believed to have been the first English novel ever written.
(B) is believed as being the first English novel ever written.
(C) are the English novels believed to be the first written.
(D) are the English novels which were believed as the first written.
(E) are the first English novels ever believed to be written.

@navi19: Plural verb can be used with the idiom “either… or…” depending on the context of the sentence. Consider the following examples:
1. Either the teacher or the students are responsible for this indiscipline.
2. Either the students or the teacher is responsible for this indiscipline.
So, the noun that appears after “or” decides the number of the verb. If the noun preceding “or” is singular, then the verb should be singular and vice-versa.
In the sentence in question, the correct verb to be used is certainly “is” because “Samuel Richardson’s Pamela” is a singular noun.
Between A and B, A is correct because it used the correct idiom “believed to have been written”. The correct idiom is “believed” to be something.
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02 Jul 2015, 13:19
There is a similar question in the Kaplan Books, that I don't understand:

Depending on which scholar you consult, Christopher Columbus, Leif Ericson, or the Chinese eunuch Zheng Ho is credited with being the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship.

A) is credited with being the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
B) is credited to be the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
C) is credited to have been the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
D) are credited with being the first explorers from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
E) are credited to be the first explorers from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship

I understand is credited is correct, so D and E are out. O/A states that that correct idiom is credited with (A) but the sentence still sounds wrong because it is written, "credited with being". Can someone shed some insight?
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There is a similar question in the Kaplan Books, that I don't understand:

Depending on which scholar you consult, Christopher Columbus, Leif Ericson, or the Chinese eunuch Zheng Ho is credited with being the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship.

A) is credited with being the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
B) is credited to be the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
C) is credited to have been the first explorer from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
D) are credited with being the first explorers from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship
E) are credited to be the first explorers from the Eurasian continent to have traveled to the New World by ship

I understand is credited is correct, so D and E are out. O/A states that that correct idiom is credited with (A) but the sentence still sounds wrong because it is written, "credited with being". Can someone shed some insight?

Correct idiom is "credited with"

ex: your account iscredited with 200\$.
Use of "being" is not always wrong.
Being can be used as a participle or a noun depending on context.
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