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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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24 Dec 2017, 18:56
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.
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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.

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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16 Sep 2018, 07:40
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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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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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22 Apr 2019, 06:49
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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

Idiom is Neither ..nor, so , A,D are out.

advisers is plural, so know should be used. B,D are out.

Correct answer is C
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22 Apr 2019, 08:02
globaldesi 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

Either/Neither agrees with the closest subject , advisors in this Case, hence the Verb must be Plural.

Answer must be (C) for the highlighted errors in other options..
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22 Apr 2019, 08:29
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

When two subjects are connected by not only...but also; either...or, or neither...nor, the subject
which is closer to the verb determines whether the verb is singular or plural

In the above stmt, advisers is the closest subject to verb "Know". Hence C should be the answer

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22 Apr 2019, 08:53
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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

Why eliminate (E)?

SPLIT #1: subject/verb agreement

In the neither X nor Y construction, the noun closer to the verb determines the tense.

Correct: Neither that boy nor those girls have visited the museum.

Correct: Neither those girls nor that boy has visited the museum.

In A, B, and D, the singular verb knows does not agree with the plural noun advisors.

In addition, if neither is paired, then
neither must always be paired with nor and must never be paired with or.

These two constructions are the only correct versions:
Neither/nor
Either/or

We can eliminate A and D because they incorrectly pair neither with or.

Eliminate A, B, and D.

SPLIT #2: Pronoun problem

-- Both C and E have the correct verb tense for advisors.

-- But in (E) his (advisors) is ambiguous.
His (advisors) could refer to either of the two candidates.
That is, advisors of WHICH of the two candidates?
-- If (E) had used the word their, (E) would have been correct.

"of the" would have been fine with the word "their."

Eliminate E.

The answer is C.
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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 --> "neither ... nor" construction
B. the candidate nor his advisers knows any reason --> verb should agree with the nearest noun's number in "neither ... nor" construction
C. the candidate nor his advisers know of any reason --> correct
D. the candidate or his advisers knows any reason --> same as A
E. of the candidates nor his advisers know any reason --> "neither ... nor" construction violates parallelism
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16 May 2019, 07:59
Neither X nor Y is the correct idiom. Therefore eliminate A and D.

There is also a subject verb agreement error - the subject advisers is plural and thus the verb knows should be changed to know. Eliminate B.

And lastly, the meaning is correctly reflected in answer choice C. The preposition of is misplaced in answer choice E.
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