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# The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult

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The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with no huge sum of money or an influential large family to get a prestigious job.

A. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with no huge sum of money or an influential large family to get a prestigious job.

B. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither sum of huge money nor a largely influential family to get a prestigious job.

C. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made difficulties to talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family in getting a prestigious job.

D. The country’s nepotistic and corrupt culture made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.

E. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.

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21 Jul 2018, 22:07
A. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with no huge sum of money or an influential large family to get a prestigious job.
- Incorrect. X or Y is unidiomatic (As they don't have both as per the intended meaning). Correct usage is neither x nor y in the above sentence.

B. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither sum of huge money nor a largely influential family to get a prestigious job.
- Incorrect. Sum of huge money is incorrect

C. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made difficulties to talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family in getting a prestigious job.
- Incorrect. Made difficulties is wrong, pronoun "it" is missing changing the intended meaning of the sentence.
D. The country’s nepotistic and corrupt culture made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.
- Incorrect.Country's nepotistic and corrupt culture intends a different meaning than Country's culture of nepotism and corruption. The above tells that culture is corrupt and nepotistic but the intended meaning is nepotism and corruption are part of a culture.

E. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.
- Correct. This corrects the error by placing neither nor idiom.

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21 Jul 2018, 22:08
The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with no huge sum of money or an influential large family to get a prestigious job.

A. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with no huge sum of money or an influential large family to get a prestigious job.

"Neither X not Y" is much better than "no X or Y" INCORRECT
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B. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither sum of huge money nor a largely influential family to get a prestigious job.

"sum of huge money" is nonsensical. "huge" should be describing "sum" and not "money" INCORRECT
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C. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made difficulties to talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family in getting a prestigious job.

"in getting" incorrectly modifies "large influential family" INCORRECT
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D. The country’s nepotistic and corrupt culture made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.

Meaning error. The countries "corruption" is causing the problem and not "corrupt culture" INCORRECT
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E. The country’s culture of nepotism and corruption made it difficult for talented youth with neither huge sum of money nor a large influential family to get a prestigious job.

"Neither X not Y" is correctly used. "huge sum of" correctly describes money. CORRECT
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Hence option E
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