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902.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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New post 06 Jul 2008, 19:25
Typically "nor" is used with the idiom "neither...nor", but it can be used alone, although rarely.

I think C is correct.

when the sentence uses "neither" is kind of like saying "also". This is not a very good explanation. I'm very tired right now.

Tough question. I hope I helped at least a little bit.

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902.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

Friends, can you help me how to tell apart A nd C? Thanks!

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I disagree. To me A is better than C. As JM explained nor can come up with out neither. I am not sure about the vice versa.

Does neither needs nor by all means? this has been bugging me for a while. Can some one explain?

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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.

I confidently feel that the answer is A. What is OA?

On a side note, I would like to get to the bottom of neither/nor, either/or and not only but also. How one part of them can appear with out other?

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902.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

Friends, can you help me how to tell apart A nd C? Thanks!


We need a coordinating conjunctions to join 2 independent sentence.

"Neither" is not a coordination conjunction
Nor, but, and - coordination conjunctions
We need to draw a contrast .Therefore " but" and " and" in B and D are not correct.

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It is A.

Here is a rule...

Neither must always be used before a nor...

Nor can be used without neither and as a co-ordinating conjunction.

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Many many thanks! :P

I am definitely persuaded by:

Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Neither must always be used before a nor...

Nor can be used without neither and as a co-ordinating conjunction


icandy wrote:
"Neither" is not a coordination conjunction
Nor, but, and - coordination conjunctions

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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

Does 'they' specifically refer to 'Sunnites'

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I'd say yes. I think that in the correlatives not only ... but also ..., neither .. nor and so on, the pronoun refers to the "first subject"

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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

Does 'they' specifically refer to 'Sunnites'


yes. They refers to the Sunnites since they appeared right before this. If it were to refer to the Shiites i think the part would need to mention the Shiites again to be correct.
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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

Cant choose between A and C.
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i will go with A ....just for the sake of idiom...neither is usually in the format of neither ...nor ......but nor on itself can stand alone

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Idiom error:

(A) nor do they endow him - correct - idiomatic - not X.....nor Y
(B) but they do not endow him - use of 'but' is wrong as there is no contrast given
(C) neither do they endow him - neither...nor is the correct idiom
(D) and they neither endow him - neither...nor is the correct idiom
(E) while endowing him neither - neither...nor is the correct idiom

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The rule is this:
1. For correct grammatical construction, neither should always be followed by nor.
2. It is not necessary that nor is always preceded by neither. Therefore not....nor is correct construction.
This rule is also true for not only...but also construction.

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missed the idiom........and choose C

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Tough one, right? I picked A because neither must go with nor.
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I am not really sure about this question :
as far as i know NOR can be used as a conjunction so i am going with A
not really sure if NEITHER can be used as a conjunction !
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I go for A

neither should be in the first sentence (after Sunnites I guess) follow by nor.......so, since it is in the second sentence C D E are out

between A and B, the second use but and a double do not that we have already in the sentence with Sunnites.......A fit the best.
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between A and C.. i would go with A.

I am not sure whether 'nor' can be used as stand-alone but i m pretty sure that "Neither" will only go with "nor" , it can't work stand-alone.
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Comparatively A is the best option of all the rest. Plus the idiom doesn't necessarily need to be constructed this way, "neither... nor..." but could also be constructed in this way, "not... nor..." IMO
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Comparatively A is the best option of all the rest. Plus the idiom doesn't necessarily need to be constructed this way, "neither... nor..." but could also be constructed in this way, "not... nor..." IMO

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