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The vendor informed the company that neither of their orders were read

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The vendor informed the company that neither of their orders were ready.

A. neither of their orders were ready
B. neither of its orders were ready
C. neither of its order was ready
D. neither of its orders was ready
E. its orders, neither of them, were ready
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The vendor informed the company that neither of their orders were ready.

A. neither of their orders were ready
B. neither of its orders were ready
C. neither of its order was ready
D. neither of its orders was ready
E. its orders, neither of them, were ready

Dear AmoyV,
I'm happy to help. :-) This SC question is not entirely GMAT-like, because it's so anemic, but its logic is sound.

The word "neither" is ALWAYS SINGULAR. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/
Thus, we need a singular verb with "neither."

This question also contains a classic pronoun trap. The word "company" is singular --- yes, there may be several people who work there, but the word itself is singular, and requires a singular pronoun, "its", not "their." See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-pronoun-traps/

Choice (A) is out because of the pronoun mistake, and both choices (A) & (B) are out because of the verb mistake. There are two orders, so the word "orders" must be in the plural, so (C) is wrong. Choice (E) is embarrassingly wordy and indirect, a nightmare: this is wrong. This only leave (D), which is perfectly correct on all counts.

Does all this make sense?
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mikemcgarry wrote:
AmoyV wrote:
The vendor informed the company that neither of their orders were ready.

A. neither of their orders were ready
B. neither of its orders were ready
C. neither of its order was ready
D. neither of its orders was ready
E. its orders, neither of them, were ready

Dear AmoyV,
I'm happy to help. :-) This SC question is not entirely GMAT-like, because it's so anemic, but its logic is sound.

The word "neither" is ALWAYS SINGULAR. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/
Thus, we need a singular verb with "neither."

This question also contains a classic pronoun trap. The word "company" is singular --- yes, there may be several people who work there, but the word itself is singular, and requires a singular pronoun, "its", not "their." See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-pronoun-traps/

Choice (A) is out because of the pronoun mistake, and both choices (A) & (B) are out because of the verb mistake. There are two orders, so the word "orders" must be in the plural, so (C) is wrong. Choice (E) is embarrassingly wordy and indirect, a nightmare: this is wrong. This only leave (D), which is perfectly correct on all counts.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


hello, I have a question. "every one of" and "many a" will appear in gmat. The former is tricky because "every one of us" is singular while "every one of boys" is plural
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hello, I have a question. "every one of" and "many a" will appear in gmat. The former is tricky because "every one of us" is singular while "every one of boys" is plural

Dear chesstitans,

The structure "every one of the X's" is always singular.
Every one of us is happy.
Every one of the students is happy.


The one that's tricky is "all." The structure "all of [singular]" is singular and the structure "all of [plural]" is plural.
All of the students are happy.
All of their happiness is due to the upcoming vacation.


See:
GMAT Sentence Correction: Indefinite Pronouns and Agreement

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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mikemcgarry wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
hello, I have a question. "every one of" and "many a" will appear in gmat. The former is tricky because "every one of us" is singular while "every one of boys" is plural

Dear chesstitans,

The structure "every one of the X's" is always singular.
Every one of us is happy.
Every one of the students is happy.


The one that's tricky is "all." The structure "all of [singular]" is singular and the structure "all of [plural]" is plural.
All of the students are happy.
All of their happiness is due to the upcoming vacation.


See:
GMAT Sentence Correction: Indefinite Pronouns and Agreement

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


thanks, that does help to me a lot. "many a" will appear in gmat?
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thanks, that does help to me a lot. "many a" will appear in gmat?

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

It's certainly fair game. The structure "many an X" certainly could appear on the GMAT: it's a sophisticated structure typical of the writing on the SC. Of course, on the real GMAT, you will see only about 12-14 SC questions, so obviously not every possible grammatical structure will appear among them: many things could appear, but it's luck of the draw what actually does appear.

Does this make sense?

Mike :-)
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