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

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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

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

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Originally posted by sondenso on 06 Jul 2008, 19:17.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 Apr 2019, 23:35, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question and added the OA.
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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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06 Jul 2008, 19:56
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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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07 Jul 2008, 16:08
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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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20 May 2010, 05:52
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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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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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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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26 Jan 2011, 10:52
I picked A, because the Sunnites (X) do NOT.... NOR do they (Y)

OA?
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27 Aug 2019, 01:49
.... the Shiites, who constitute the other major branch of Islam, the Sunnites.....

do not know "they" referring to ???? it is ambiguous ! both are plural ....

I do not know how GMAC find this sentence !lol
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