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Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.
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19 Jul 2013, 13:55
I think it should be C. because FFond of is idion not the of swimming so we need of surfing... Please explain...
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19 Jul 2013, 14:15
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I think it should be C. because FFond of is idion not the of swimming so we need of surfing... Please explain...

The preposition "of" needs to be repeated to maintain the parallelism because "of" comes after neither.

Thats my thought process. I wish any experts would affirm it.
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19 Jul 2013, 16:17
I may be wrong, but I thought B and C changed the meaning too much.

You can be fond of something you don't physically like to do. For example, I don't like to surf because it hurts my injured knee, but I am still fond of surfing.

I suppose, however, you could say that grammatically there are better choices.
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19 Jul 2013, 19:45
IMO B.

The parallelism is maintained in B only..

...neither fond of swimming nor of surfing

Whats OA?

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19 Jul 2013, 23:54
Neither is the left hand parallel marker. Therefore what comes after neither should be parallel to what follows nor. None of the options other than E) seems to be parallel.

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Neither is the left hand parallel marker. Therefore what comes after neither should be parallel to what follows nor. None of the options other than E) seems to be parallel.

Hi kinghyts

My though is: all options are not correct. The structure is Neither X nor Y. So, X and Y must parallel.

Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
Wrong. Worst, not parallel

(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
Wrong. "fond of swimming" and "of surfing" are not parallel. The correct structure should be:
- She is fond neither of swimming nor of surfing.
- She is fond of neither swimming nor surfing.

(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
Wrong. "fond of swimming" and "surfing" are not parallel.

(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
Wrong. Not parallel.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.
Wrong. Not parallel. Because "swimming" is noun, and "to surf" is infinitive. Technically, the structure does not match.

In short, GMAT prefers standard English grammars, so this question is quite far away from official questions.

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20 Jul 2013, 03:44
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Jerry knows it is futile to convince his wife to buy the beach house because she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

(A) she is neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf
(B) she is neither fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(C) she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing
(D) neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing.
(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

As already suggested by Mod PQHai, such questions are not going to provide you a deep insight on how to score a perfect on GMAT.
Anyways, I was just surfing my home club where I found this question.
Against the provided answer, I still feel C is better in that "of" is implicit for both the entities.

P.S.: To author, if you are unsure of the source then don't post the question.
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This question is from SC Grail. Even I thought that all the answers are wrong!!

Better to practice with Offiical questions.
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why E is wrong, "Neither (clause) nor (clause)" maintains parallel structure.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

we can not even introduce perfect parallelism between objects of clauses; that much variance is allowed in gmat.

swimming gerund noun
to surf infinitive noun
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Bump...Can we have more discussion on this?
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Another horrible question! no surprise
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why E is wrong, "Neither (clause) nor (clause)" maintains parallel structure.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

we can not even introduce perfect parallelism between objects of clauses; that much variance is allowed in gmat.

swimming gerund noun
to surf infinitive noun

Hi sayantanc2k,

If you look at C ...neither X nor Y.....if we replace X by Y in choice c, it makes no sense. So, it for sure can't be correct.
But I think E is still best among these. What are your thoughts on this?

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PiyushK wrote:
why E is wrong, "Neither (clause) nor (clause)" maintains parallel structure.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

we can not even introduce perfect parallelism between objects of clauses; that much variance is allowed in gmat.

swimming gerund noun
to surf infinitive noun

Hi sayantanc2k,

If you look at C ...neither X nor Y.....if we replace X by Y in choice c, it makes no sense. So, it for sure can't be correct.
But I think E is still best among these. What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks

Absolutely - E is undoubtedly the correct answer.

A. neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf. (adjective and clause cannot be parallel)
B. neither fond of swimming nor of surfing. (adjective and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
C. she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing (adjective and gerund cannot be parallel)
D. neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing. (clause and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
E. neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.( 2 clauses are parallel)
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Navinder wrote:
PiyushK wrote:
why E is wrong, "Neither (clause) nor (clause)" maintains parallel structure.

(E) neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.

we can not even introduce perfect parallelism between objects of clauses; that much variance is allowed in gmat.

swimming gerund noun
to surf infinitive noun

Hi sayantanc2k,

If you look at C ...neither X nor Y.....if we replace X by Y in choice c, it makes no sense. So, it for sure can't be correct.
But I think E is still best among these. What are your thoughts on this?

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Absolutely - E is undoubtedly the correct answer.

A. neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf. (adjective and clause cannot be parallel)
B. neither fond of swimming nor of surfing. (adjective and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
C. she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing (adjective and gerund cannot be parallel)
D. neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing. (clause and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
E. neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.( 2 clauses are parallel)

Brother, are we sure E is the correct answer. I also marked E but as per OA I got it wrong.

I tried convincing myself with the explanations given for other, but not convinced yet.

E is the best for me.

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sayantanc2k wrote:
Navinder wrote:

Hi sayantanc2k,

If you look at C ...neither X nor Y.....if we replace X by Y in choice c, it makes no sense. So, it for sure can't be correct.
But I think E is still best among these. What are your thoughts on this?

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Absolutely - E is undoubtedly the correct answer.

A. neither fond of swimming nor does she like to surf. (adjective and clause cannot be parallel)
B. neither fond of swimming nor of surfing. (adjective and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
C. she is neither fond of swimming nor surfing (adjective and gerund cannot be parallel)
D. neither is she fond of swimming nor of surfing. (clause and prepositional phrase cannot be parallel)
E. neither is she fond of swimming nor does she like to surf.( 2 clauses are parallel)

Brother, are we sure E is the correct answer. I also marked E but as per OA I got it wrong.

I tried convincing myself with the explanations given for other, but not convinced yet.

E is the best for me.

Yes brother, I am pretty sure. In my post above I have colored the two parallel elements in order to clarify why E, and not any other option, is correct.

B should have been: she is fond of neither swimming nor surfing..... correct -fond of has to be outside the structure. If used inside the structure it should be repeated: she is neither fond of swimming nor fond of surfing... correct.
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Yes brother, I am pretty sure. In my post above I have colored the two parallel elements in order to clarify why E, and not any other option, is correct.

B should have been: she is fond of neither swimming nor surfing..... correct -fond of has to be outside the structure. If used inside the structure it should be repeated: she is neither fond of swimming nor fond of surfing... correct.

Yeah, got it now. I also marked E for the same reasons but people here have confused me. Now, I am good to go. Thanks bhai.
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Hi ,

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I have a question.

Is there any difference in meaning between

..she is neither fond of ...

AND

..neither is she fond of ..

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sayantanc2k

I have a question.

Is there any difference in meaning between

..she is neither fond of ...

AND

..neither is she fond of ..

Thanks.

No, there is no difference in meaning - but be cautious about maintaining the parallel structure:

She is neither fond of X nor fond of Y.... correct

Neither is she fond of X nor is she fond of Y... correct.

Another alternative:
She is fond of neither X nor Y.... correct.

All the 3 structures convey the same meaning.
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