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Many children ride their bicycles at night unpro-tected by neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor headlights.

(A) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(B) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(C) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(D) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(E) either rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors or
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10 Sep 2008, 18:39
IMO C ....

From the SC.. it looks like either both reflectors and headlight are rudimentary safety equipment. Or there are total of 3 elements reflectors, headlight and rudimentary safety equipment... either way the usage of neitehr ..nor or either ..or is not a good option/construction here.
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10 Sep 2008, 18:46
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Many children ride their bicycles at night unpro-tected by neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor headlights.

(A) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(B) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(C) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(D) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(E) either rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors or

Neither nor either or usage ( B C D out)

My answer is E. The reason why I pick E over A is because unprotected and neither are both negative and two negative words together changes the original meaning
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10 Sep 2008, 19:00
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spriya wrote:
Many children ride their bicycles at night unpro-tected by neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor headlights.

(A) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(B) neither rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(C) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, or
(D) rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors, nor
(E) either rudimentary safety equipment, reflectors or

Neither nor either or usage ( B C D out)

My answer is E. The reason why I pick E over A is because unprotected and neither are both negative and two negative words together changes the original meaning

So can you use like either X, Y or Z... I thought its only either X or Y (no third element)
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10 Sep 2008, 19:44
It should be C
E if it were ether X and Y or Z, then it will be correct choice
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11 Sep 2008, 00:37
On what basis can we differenciate between C and E
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11 Sep 2008, 00:49
I will go for C.

unprotected is already showing negation. Hence, neither is wrong.

Also, since there are more than one nouns hence, either....or is not suitable.
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11 Sep 2008, 01:30
going with C. I don't see the need to use either or neither
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11 Sep 2008, 08:26
Great explanation,discussion!!!
either X or Y is correct usage ,this never occured to me !!
yes indeed OA is C

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11 Sep 2008, 08:40
spriya wrote:
Great explanation,discussion!!!
either X or Y is correct usage ,this never occured to me !!
yes indeed OA is C

again thanks all!!!

OA is C??? or did you mean E?
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11 Sep 2008, 08:45
tarek99 wrote:
spriya wrote:
Great explanation,discussion!!!
either X or Y is correct usage ,this never occured to me !!
yes indeed OA is C

again thanks all!!!

OA is C??? or did you mean E?

OA is C .
Since we need x,y or z here .
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