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# Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults,

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Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or how he comes to ignore meaningless variations among speech sounds.

A) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or
B) by imitating adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
C) through the imitation of adults, but they neither know he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
D) through the imitation of adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
E) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

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22 Jun 2017, 11:48
B - either... Nor.. is incorrect
C - parallelism error. "Neither he.. nor how"
D - same as B
E - ..nor.. becomes double negate, which is incorrect.

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Re: Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults,  [#permalink]

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23 Jun 2017, 05:25
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Either or is the right construction.

Neither X nor Y should have X and Y ||

A) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or

B) by imitating adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

C) through the imitation of adults, but they neither know he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

D) through the imitation of adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

E) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
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23 Nov 2018, 04:01
Vardan95 wrote:
Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or how he comes to ignore meaningless variations among speech sounds.

A) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or
B) by imitating adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
C) through the imitation of adults, but they neither know he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
D) through the imitation of adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
E) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

A) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or
B) by imitating adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor (either...or is correct usage)
C) through the imitation of adults, but they neither know he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor (change of meaning by usage of word - through)
D) through the imitation of adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor (same as C and B)
E) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

A is the correct option (by POE)
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Re: Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults,  [#permalink]

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06 Jan 2019, 02:39
Vardan95 wrote:
Psycholinguists know that a child produces speech by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or how he comes to ignore meaningless variations among speech sounds.

A) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes or
B) by imitating adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
C) through the imitation of adults, but they neither know he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
D) through the imitation of adults, but they do not know either how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor
E) by imitating adults, but they do not know how he learns to distinguish significantly different phonemes nor

KAPLAN OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

This choice illustrates the importance of knowing your idioms, and of working strategically. Scan the answer choices quickly to zero in on the significant differences, which all occur around or. This lets you eliminate all choices but (A) for their incorrect usage. You can't say either...nor in (B) and (D), or neither...or, in (C). Choice (E)'s out as well. Think of it this way: You would say, "They do not know X or Y," not "They do not know X nor Y."
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