It is currently 22 Aug 2017, 07:52

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Is this sentence correct?

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
User avatar
B
Joined: 09 Jan 2017
Posts: 13

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Is this sentence correct? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 02 Mar 2017, 02:41
"NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAVE THE MOTHER OR THE CHILDREN BEEN SEEN "

Look at that "or",does the verb require the agreement with the part that is closer to it?
In this case,it should be NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAS THE MOTHER OR.....
Help me!!!


Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Expert Post
Magoosh GMAT Instructor
User avatar
G
Joined: 28 Dec 2011
Posts: 4300

Kudos [?]: 7781 [0], given: 95

Re: Is this sentence correct? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Mar 2017, 17:52
marcuccio wrote:
"NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAVE THE MOTHER OR THE CHILDREN BEEN SEEN "

Look at that "or",does the verb require the agreement with the part that is closer to it?
In this case,it should be NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAS THE MOTHER OR.....
Help me!!!

Dear marcuccio,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

The closer/further rule gets tricky when we invert the word order.

Think about it this way. The first auxiliary verb can hop around to all sorts of position in the sentence. The rest of the verb has a definitive location. Let's say that the location of the main part of the verb, the "meaning" part of the verb, is at the "been seen." The "has/have" would be there if we hadn't changed the word order. Then the sentence would be
In several days, the mother or the children have not been seen.
or, more naturally,
In several days, neither the mother nor the children have been seen.
In either case, of course, we need the plural verb, "have."
When we are thinking about closer/further, we have to judge with respect to the main verb location, the location of the "meaning" part of the verb, not the unusual position of the auxiliary verb.

Another way to say the same thing is: changing the word order, moving the leading auxiliary verb around, does NOT change which verb we would use. We always use exactly the same verb that we would have used if the whole verb were together in one place.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
_________________

Mike McGarry
Magoosh Test Prep

Image

Image

Kudos [?]: 7781 [0], given: 95

Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 03 Jan 2017
Posts: 30

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 5

Re: Is this sentence correct? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 03 Mar 2017, 20:41
marcuccio wrote:
"NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAVE THE MOTHER OR THE CHILDREN BEEN SEEN "

Look at that "or",does the verb require the agreement with the part that is closer to it?
In this case,it should be NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAS THE MOTHER OR.....
Help me!!!


Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

Yes, the sentence is correct..
The type of sentence is subject verb switch... In this sentence have refers to the children.
It can be reconstructed as following
"The mother or the children have not been seen in several days."

I am little worried about the use of "in several days" instead of "since several days".

Sent from my MotoG3 using GMAT Club Forum mobile app

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 5

Intern
Intern
User avatar
B
Joined: 09 Jan 2017
Posts: 13

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Re: Is this sentence correct? [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 04 Mar 2017, 10:04
mikemcgarry wrote:
marcuccio wrote:
"NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAVE THE MOTHER OR THE CHILDREN BEEN SEEN "

Look at that "or",does the verb require the agreement with the part that is closer to it?
In this case,it should be NOT IN SEVERAL DAYS HAS THE MOTHER OR.....
Help me!!!

Dear marcuccio,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

The closer/further rule gets tricky when we invert the word order.

Think about it this way. The first auxiliary verb can hop around to all sorts of position in the sentence. The rest of the verb has a definitive location. Let's say that the location of the main part of the verb, the "meaning" part of the verb, is at the "been seen." The "has/have" would be there if we hadn't changed the word order. Then the sentence would be
In several days, the mother or the children have not been seen.
or, more naturally,
In several days, neither the mother nor the children have been seen.
In either case, of course, we need the plural verb, "have."
When we are thinking about closer/further, we have to judge with respect to the main verb location, the location of the "meaning" part of the verb, not the unusual position of the auxiliary verb.

Another way to say the same thing is: changing the word order, moving the leading auxiliary verb around, does NOT change which verb we would use. We always use exactly the same verb that we would have used if the whole verb were together in one place.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


YES,of course!!
The interrogative construction,used whit sentences beginning with a negative adverb,got me confused!!
thanks MIke :-D :-D :-D

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2

Re: Is this sentence correct?   [#permalink] 04 Mar 2017, 10:04
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Is this sentence correct?

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.