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Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.


A. Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

B. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

C. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that has once been stored there.

D. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that had once been stored there were located in the historical site.

E. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that has once been stored there was located within the historical site.

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Re: Located within the historical site was neither the original documents  [#permalink]

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Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.



First of, we need a past perfect tense here to show two past events in sequence. So C and E are out.

In case of "Neither - nor" we choose the verb that is closer to the subject.

A is out as we need "were" because the verb is closer to "the original documents" (plural) than to "the folio"(singular)

D is out as we need "was" because the verb is closer to "the folio", which is singular.

We are left with B.

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A. Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

B. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

C. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that has once been stored there.

D. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that had once been stored there were located in the historical site.

E. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that has once been stored there was located within the historical site.
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Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.


A. Located within the historical site was neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

B. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that had once been stored there.

C. Located within the historical site were neither the original documents nor the folio that has once been stored there.

D. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that had once been stored there were located in the historical site.

E. Neither the historical documents nor the folio that has once been stored there was located within the historical site.


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This problem presents you with a few concrete decision points: between "was" and "were" and between "has" and "had". Since sentences may often make sense in multiple tenses, the most obvious place to start is the difference between "was" and "were".

Answer choices (A), (B), and (C) are all inverted - the subject of the sentence comes after the verb. They also all feature the phrase "Neither the original documents nor the folio". Remember that whenever you are seeking to correct agreement when you have a neither/nor or either/or construction, that the noun that comes closest to the verb is the one that determines whether the subject is singular or plural. And because in this case the verb is before the "neither/nor" construction, the subject must be "original documents". Since this is a plural subject, it needs a plural verb, "were". This eliminates (A).

Answer choices (D) and (E) also have the "neither/nor" construction, but the verb appears after the subject. So while you still need to follow the rule of agreement by location, the noun closest to the verb has changed because the sentence has been rearranged. It is now the singular "folio", meaning that its matching verb must be "was". You can therefore eliminate (D).

Your second decision point is between "has" and "had" - a question of tense. Because the verb "has" implies that the folio and documents are still housed in the historical site, it is incorrect. You know from the other part of the sentence that the documents and folio are no longer there, so "has" is illogical. Eliminate (C) and (E), leaving you with correct answer (B), which has the correct "were" and "had".
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