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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

Cant choose between A and C.
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20 May 2010, 02:15
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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20 May 2010, 05:52
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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20 May 2010, 10:40
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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05 Jan 2011, 09:06
missed the idiom........and choose C
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15 Jan 2011, 23:33
Tough one, right? I picked A because neither must go with nor.
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16 Jan 2011, 01:35
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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16 Jan 2011, 16:15
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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22 Jan 2011, 02:50
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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22 Jan 2011, 11:04
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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22 Jan 2011, 11:59
mariyea wrote:
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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26 Jan 2011, 10:52
I picked A, because the Sunnites (X) do NOT.... NOR do they (Y)

OA?
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26 Jan 2011, 13:09
mariyea wrote:
carcass wrote:
mariyea wrote:
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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