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# The press secretary announced that neither himself nor the

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The press secretary announced that neither himself nor the president would be available for questions until they had had more time to examine the report

A) neither himself nor the President would be
B) neither he or the President was
C) neither he nor the President would be
D) he and the President will not be
E) he not the President would be

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09 Dec 2004, 22:57
I will pick.

Read Like this: remove everything in between n check.

The press secretary announced that himself would be available for questions until they had had more time to examine the report.

DON'T PICK ON THE SINGULAR PLURAL PLEASE

Does "himself" sounds rt? I don't think so replace it with HE.
i GUESS SENTENCE MAKE MORE SENSE IF U READ IT WITH HE.

I HOPE THAT HELPS.

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Saurabh Malpani

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09 Dec 2004, 23:23
Let me try this one:

A) neither himself nor the President would be
I have no doubt that the use of the reflexive pronoun 'himself' here is wrong.

B) neither he or the President was
neither goes with nor

C) neither he nor the President would be
But I am not convinced with this one, as the third person plural pronoun 'they' now refers to a singular noun he/president.
I have some doubts about my justification though. If you think I am wrong, please clarify.

D) he and the President will not be
As much as I don't like this one. They clearly refers to the plural noun he and the president. This is at least grammatically right.

E) he not the President would be
the use of 'he not the president is ackward'

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10 Dec 2004, 10:56
C as well.

The reflexive pronouns such as himself indicate that the sentence subject also receives the action of the verb. Personal pronoun He is more approprisate here.
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10 Dec 2004, 12:42
go with D. They later in the sentence needs a plural subject.

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11 Dec 2004, 12:50
I think I got it wrong in my earlier posting because I was confused about the use of 'they'

Here is the explanation:

The pronoun does not act like a verb, in that it does not need "and" to COMBINE two singular nouns/pronouns to form a plural verb.
If I simply say, "Jane went to the store. Susan went
also. They met at the store" you can see that the pronoun "they" refers
to both girls although they are in entirely separate sentences. This
cannot happen with 2 subjects and a verb.

So saying 'neither he nor the President would be available for questions until they had had more time to examine the report '
is entirely accurate.

So C it is
This question is from Barrons and key says C too. I see no explanation for the answer though.
Hope my answer is convincing enough.

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