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# In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a

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In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a company can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves sufficient to achieve success, and must be used together to reduce emissions.

A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
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04 Sep 2013, 23:27
D?
Since neither takes a singular verb, neither is - mentioned in option D- should be correct..
What is the OA?
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04 Sep 2013, 23:27
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In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a company can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves sufficient to achieve success, and must be used together to reduce emissions.
A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves
B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves
C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves
D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

I was deciding between B or D. Did not know whether "neither" counted as singular or plural. I looked around for some rules and some places say that you use the noun closest to determine plural/singular, however, if "neither" is followed by a prep, it's automatically singular. In this case, perhaps D is the answer?
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05 Sep 2013, 00:22
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A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

Ruled out because of two reasons -
2) 'neither of strategies are ' is wrong. Should have been 'neither of strategies is'

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves
Ruled out because of the same rason listed (2) above.

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves
Ruled out - is by themselves is wrong.

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
Correct Choice

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
Ruled out becase can is used twice and vioaltes parallelism.
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05 Sep 2013, 02:43
IMO D.

In options A,C,E idiom either <verb> or <verb> is incorrectly used .
In option B in last clause "neither of these strategies are by themselves" "are" is wrongly used...
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05 Sep 2013, 06:46
IMO is D

since we are making choice either use ... or make .... is the right construction.
Secondly neither is singular. Hence the correct option is D.
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05 Sep 2013, 14:07
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IMO is D

since we are making choice either use ... or make .... is the right construction.
Secondly neither is singular. Hence the correct option is D.

Though Neither takes a singular verb, can itself refer to "strategies"? If so please help me understand.

I pick B.
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05 Sep 2013, 19:54
ankurjohar wrote:
IMO is D

since we are making choice either use ... or make .... is the right construction.
Secondly neither is singular. Hence the correct option is D.

Though Neither takes a singular verb, can itself refer to "strategies"? If so please help me understand.

I pick B.

Neither alone doesn't have any meaning," neither of something" and "either of something " both are singular.
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06 Sep 2013, 09:50
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ankurjohar wrote:
IMO is D

since we are making choice either use ... or make .... is the right construction.
Secondly neither is singular. Hence the correct option is D.

Though Neither takes a singular verb, can itself refer to "strategies"? If so please help me understand.

I pick B.

Neither alone doesn't have any meaning," neither of something" and "either of something " both are singular.

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Neither alone doesn't have any meaning," neither of something" and "either of something " both are singular. ---Correct

Neither x nor y -- here the subject has to agree with whatever is close to the verb.

Neither john nor his friends have come to the party.
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06 Sep 2013, 10:46
Rule: When either and neither are subjects, they always take singular verbs.

Examples:
1.Neither of them is available to speak right now.
2.Either of us is capable of doing the job.

So eliminate A,B,C directly on the basis of this rule.

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes----violates parallelism.

Hence D.
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07 Aug 2018, 07:17
In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a company can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves sufficient to achieve success, and must be used together to reduce emissions.

A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves--> not parallel in "either ... or ..." construction

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves --> neither (without nor) takes singular verb

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself --> "use or land use changes" doesn't make sense --> correct

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself --> same as A
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07 Aug 2018, 10:04
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In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a company can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves sufficient to achieve success, and must be used together to reduce emissions.

A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

concepts tested in this question -
1. parallelism (either x or y)
2. S-V agreement (neither of these ..... is by itself)
3. Redundancy

#1 helps eliminate A and C
# 2 helps eliminate B
# 3 helps eliminate E (... or it can make land ...)

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07 Aug 2018, 10:31
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In order to reduce the light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, a company can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves sufficient to achieve success, and must be used together to reduce emissions.

A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself

A. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves
-Since 'use' is used before either, the statement actually becomes - can use low-carbon and renewal power or use make land use change-does not makes sense. Also 'neither of these strategies' is singular and thus 'neither of these strategies is by itself' is the correct usage.

B. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies are by themselves
- This option correctly uses 'use' after either but plural tense with 'neither of these strategies' is still a problem.

C. can use either low-carbon and renewal power or land use changes have to be made; however, neither of these strategies is by themselves
- Since 'use' is used before either, the statement actually becomes - can use low-carbon and renewal power or use make land use change-does not makes sense. Also
'neither of these strategies' is singular and thus 'neither of these strategies is by themselves' is incorrect usage.

D. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
- Rectifies both the errors mentioned above. Correct

E. can either use low-carbon and renewal power or it can make land use changes; however, neither of these strategies is by itself
- The correct idiom is either X or Y, here it is incorrectly used after or.
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