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One report concludes that many schools do not have, or likely to have,

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smashingpumpkins wrote:
One report concludes that many schools do not have, or likely to have, enough computers to use them effectively.

A) or
B) nor
C) or are
D) nor are they
E) nor are not

I am stuck between (B) and (D)..Does 'they' in option (D) refer to schools..i think 'nor are' is better than 'nor'


how to use nor
if there is no neither ,
nor stand after a negative clause and before a affirmative clause to say a second negative action, as in choice D. nor itself is negative , so, it stand before affirmative clause.

we can use "not ......or"
but in this pattern, we need 2 parallel items which are connected by "or" and "not" apply to both parallel items.
I do not speak english or french.
choice A, dose not create parallelism, so, choice A is wrong.

this problem purely test grammatical point. but a hard point

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anje29 wrote:
LogicGuru1 wrote:
One report concludes that many schools do not have, or likely to have, enough computers to use them effectively.

Simple of coordinating conjunctions :- FANBOYS - for, and, nor, because, or, yet ,so
A Coordinating conjunction introduces 2 independent clauses.
Clauses by definition should have independent subjects. and also independent verb(although not parallel but still a verb is present in the second clause)

Therefore the problem is absence of a PROPER SUBJECT in the second clause.


Only D has the proper subject "THEY". "THEM" in the NON-Underlined part refers back to "THEY"

REST ALL OPTIONS A,B,C,E are missing the subject. "THEM" in the NON-Underlined part has no subject to refer back to.

ANSWER IS D


Hi,
Are you sure 'them' is referring to 'they' here. As per the meaning of the sentence 'them' should refer to the 'computers' .


@Anje

(A) and (B) are incorrect because of their poor parallelism. In this "or" construction, the first half is "do not have", a tensed verb. Therefore, the second half of the construction must also contain a tensed verb.
(A) and (B) don't have a tensed verb ("likely to have" contains only an infinitive - not what we want here).

(option E) contains a double negative, so it's out.

(option C) is, as far as i can tell grammatically correct (although the commas are superfluous in such a construction), but it's simply absurd. The use of "or" here creates a sentence that is weirdly self-contradictory.

The clear point of the sentence is that the schools don't have enough computers, so you need to select the choice that's grammatically correct but also in line with that meaning. (option D) is the only choice that satisfies both criteria.
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