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# Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of

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Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.
(A) nor do they endow him
(B) but they do not endow him
(C) neither do they endow him
(D) and they neither endow him
(E) while endowing him neither

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16 Mar 2005, 12:57
A.

(A) nor do they endow him
Correct

(B) but they do not endow him
they who?

(C) neither do they endow him
neither is wrong here. and they refers to what?

(D) and they neither endow him
wrong again. they??????????????

(E) while endowing him neither
wrong..

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16 Mar 2005, 13:27
i would go for A because this is one of those cases where the neither is optional, i.e. it can be placed in to find the correct answer

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16 Mar 2005, 18:27
'but, 'and', 'while' are not appropriate. Left with (A) and (C).

From the merriam-webster online dictionary,

nor: used as a function word to introduce and negate a following clause or phrase
neither: not either

Since we're not negating a following clause or phrase, I'll go with 'neither' and pick (C).

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17 Mar 2005, 20:42
ywilfred wrote:
'but, 'and', 'while' are not appropriate. Left with (A) and (C).

From the merriam-webster online dictionary,

nor: used as a function word to introduce and negate a following clause or phrase
neither: not either

Since we're not negating a following clause or phrase, I'll go with 'neither' and pick (C).

Hello, I think you neglect the later non-underlined sentence.

(A)nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment

(C)neither do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment

I think it's a little ambiguous, because the correct usage should be 'neither ...nor...'

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19 Mar 2005, 08:46
I'll go with (A) as well.

Unlike the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites do not await the Mahdi as a messenger from God, nor do they endow him with divine qualities or immunity from failure in judgment.

Not X nor Y construct is a valid one.

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21 Mar 2005, 03:51
OA is A

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