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Neither the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason for the recent change in public opinion.

A. the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason
B. the candidate nor his advisers knows any reason
C. the candidate nor his advisers know of any reason
D. the candidate or his advisers knows any reason
E. of the candidates nor his advisers know any reason

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Neither the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason for the recent change in public opinion.

A. the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason
B. the candidate nor his advisers knows any reason
C. the candidate nor his advisers know of any reason
D. the candidate or his advisers knows any reason
E. of the candidates nor his advisers know any reason


Neither X nor Y is the correct idiom and the verb agrees with the subject after nor: “his advisers” = plural.
(C) is the answer.
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New post 24 Dec 2017, 18:05
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SSSNW wrote:
Neither the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason for the recent change in public opinion.

A. the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason
B. the candidate nor his advisers knows any reason
C. the candidate nor his advisers know of any reason
D. the candidate or his advisers knows any reason
E. of the candidates nor his advisers know any reason


Neither X nor Y is the correct idiom and the verb agrees with the subject after nor: “his advisers” = plural.
(C) is the answer.


Thanks exc4libur. I will start memorizing idioms
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One error here is the incorrect use of "or" with the non-underlined "Neither." To be idiomatically correct, the sentence must use a neither … nor construction. (A), the sentence as written, is thus incorrect, and a vertical scan shows that (D) also incorrectly uses "or." Eliminate (D) as well.

This error is corrected in (B), (C), and (E). However, (B) and (E) create additional problems. The error in (B) stems from disagreement between subject and verb. In neither … nor constructions, the verb must agree with the noun that follows the word "nor." The correct answer should feature the verb "know" in order to agree with "advisers." (E) changes the meaning of the original sentence by changing the singular noun "candidate" to the plural "candidates."

(C) is correct because it uses "nor" and the correct verb "know," without introducing new mistakes.

TAKEAWAY: When a neither … nor phrase has a mix of singular and plural nouns, the verb takes its cue from the noun after the nor.
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One error here is the incorrect use of "or" with the non-underlined "Neither." To be idiomatically correct, the sentence must use a neither … nor construction. (A), the sentence as written, is thus incorrect, and a vertical scan shows that (D) also incorrectly uses "or." Eliminate (D) as well.

This error is corrected in (B), (C), and (E). However, (B) and (E) create additional problems. The error in (B) stems from disagreement between subject and verb. In neither … nor constructions, the verb must agree with the noun that follows the word "nor." The correct answer should feature the verb "know" in order to agree with "advisers." (E) changes the meaning of the original sentence by changing the singular noun "candidate" to the plural "candidates."

(C) is correct because it uses "nor" and the correct verb "know," without introducing new mistakes.

TAKEAWAY: When a neither … nor phrase has a mix of singular and plural nouns, the verb takes its cue from the noun after the nor.
in option C "know of".. is it correct usage? I found it awkward so chose E.

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New post 16 Sep 2018, 06:40
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Neither the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason for the recent change in public opinion.

A. the candidate or his advisers knows of any reason
B. the candidate nor his advisers knows any reason
C. the candidate nor his advisers know of any reason
D. the candidate or his advisers knows any reason
E. of the candidates nor his advisers know any reason


Neither. ..nor so b c or e

Advisers and knows are not in agreement in b

E changes the meaning because of... of the candidates

So, c it is as per me.

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