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# The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate

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13 Aug 2013, 08:48
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

Original statement is talking about plants. Choice D is the only plural choice.

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13 Aug 2013, 08:50
I think we're takling about plants here, not planets

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uvs_mba wrote:
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

I'll go with D here.

I think whenever we have a nor, there should be a neither before that:
Neither X nor Y. So A and B are both out.

C is out because "where" should be used to refer to location and plus the whole sentence is just awkard.

E is out because the construction of ways that related to some other is awkward. some other what??

D is a better choice because it clearly states the ways in which the plants are related to one another.

I'll second that (D) and add that "one another" is grammatically correct in showing interdependance within a group (planets)

BTW: In case you haven't heard, we are back down to 8 planets. Pluto has been put on a leash.
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13 Aug 2013, 20:18
D it is. question on parallelism. 3 lists that contain noun phrases anatomy , mechanisms ,and ways.

pronoun their refers to plants and the underlined part says medieval scholar made no attempt to investigate how plants are related to one another.

This is on a negative note "no attempt " hence nor is not required.
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29 Jul 2014, 03:36
flyinhair wrote:
uvs_mba wrote:
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

I'll go with D here.

I think whenever we have a nor, there should be a neither before that:
Neither X nor Y. So A and B are both out.

C is out because "where" should be used to refer to location and plus the whole sentence is just awkard.

E is out because the construction of ways that related to some other is awkward. some other what??

D is a better choice because it clearly states the ways in which the plants are related to one another.

"Nor" can be used without a "neither" before it.
Oxford dictionary:
Nor: used before the second or further of two or more alternatives (the first being introduced by a negative such as ‘neither’ or ‘not’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

In the sentence, the verb before "nor" is "made", and "made" itself has no negative meaning. that is why we can not use "nor" here.

I don't know if I'm wrong but the fact that the sentence already have a "no attempt" and placing a "nor" after it doesn't make it a double negative? After all you already negating the list.
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01 Jun 2019, 05:10
imaru wrote:
The medieval scholar made almost no attempt to investigate the anatomy of plants, their mechanisms of growth, nor the ways where each was related to the other.

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other
(B) nor how each was related to some other
(C) or the way where one is related to the next
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another
(E) or the ways that each related to some other

Main Issues:

1) Idiom: "Neither...nor" is used in a pair for a list of 2 items. Otherwise, we use "or" for a longer list.
2) Meaning: "one another" reflects the correct meaning. Other idioms such as "next" and "some other" distort meaning here.
3) Modifier: "where" is only used to modify places. Hence, it can't be used to modify "ways".
4) Verb: Need present here to show a fact

(A) nor the ways where each was related to the other - Wrong
(B) nor how each was related to some other - Wrong
(C) or the way where one is related to the next - Wrong
(D) or the ways in which they are related to one another - Correct
(E) or the ways that each related to some other - Wrong
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