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  1. GaGlock01

    GaGlock01

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    The title is wrong :wow:, can you find the correct answer?


    Neither John nor Harry __________ selected forthe promotion.

    Choose the correct verb to fill the blank.

    A)been
    B) was
    C)were
    D)having been
     
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  2. Homechicken

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    I say C: were. For was to be the correct answer, it would have to be "Neither one was selected..."

    I assume "forthe" and "correctverb" are typos on your part?
     
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  3. Swiper

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    I would say A.
     
  4. GaGlock01

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    What a brain fart. Let me go try and correct it.

    I am looking for the correct answer, and C is not it.
     
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  5. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    All the answers but A can be correct.

    The other answers can be used, based on context.
     
  6. Mass10mm

    Mass10mm Armed Yankee

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    B. 'was' is singular, as is 'Neither' in this context.
     
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  7. GaGlock01

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    This was on a test and I got it wrong, so C is wrong in the eyes of the school.
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    Each person's name (in reference to the promotion) can be taken as singular, using the word "nor" to separate them from being in the collective.

    At least that makes sense to me.:supergrin:
     
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  9. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    Well, A is also completely wrong.

    Are you sure you have the correct and complete text of the question, right off the test?
     
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  10. Homechicken

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    Well, when I type the sentence into Microsoft Word, it says "were" is wrong and "was" is correct, but it just doesn't sound right to me with "was".
     
  11. CitizenOfDreams

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    I'm not an English expert or even a native speaker, but here is what I would use...

    Neither John nor Harry were selected for the promotion.

    But:

    John and Harry work at our department. Neither one of them was selected for the promotion.
     
  12. czsmithGT

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    In this context "neither" is singular and the correct answer is B) "was".
     
  13. GaGlock01

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    Yes sir, copy and pasted right off of the test.


    19. Neither John nor Harry __________ selected forthe promotion.

    Choose the correct verb to fill the blank.
    A)been
    B)was
    C)were
    D)having been

    You Answer: C
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    Take out the "john nor harry".

    Neither "was" selected for the promotion.
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    O.k...

    You changed the question you're asking....I didn't follow along quickly enough.

    If I was taking the same test, I would have answered "was", but this question is splitting some very fine hairs with grammar.
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    "Were" still seems like it could be used.

    I'm betting there is some obscure English grammar rule that answers this question.

    "Neither were selected for the promotion."
     
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    Agree.
     
  18. airmotive

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    For the win and a gold star.

    "Neither" is singular; the verb addresses "Neither".
    Notice the correct use of a semicolon as well. :wavey:

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Montgomery for pounding the English language into my head for two years in high school.
     
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    It should be "was" in both examples. Using "neither" means you are talking about to singular people - John and Harry "were" but neither John nor Harry "was."
     
  20. Mrs.Cicero

    Mrs.Cicero Wayward Member

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    The reason "were" sounds right to some of you is possibly that you are thinking in the subjunctive mood... If she were to win the lottery (but she hasn't)... If he were to get that job (but he hasn't)... If I were to die today, who would tell you these things?

    The OP is not in the subjunctive. It is simply a statement about something that didn't happen. It isn't a dependent clause followed by the possible effects of something happening that hasn't happened yet. If you picture sentences in geometrical shapes, the OP is a line. The subjunctive mood makes sentences that go in circles, or little springy shapes. No, I am not having acid flashbacks. That's just what grammar does in my head. That's why I like it.

    For those who do not like little colorful geometrical figures running amok in their brains...
    If you would say "John was not selected for the promotion," and "Harry was not selected for the promotion," then you have to say "Neither John nor Harry was selected for the promotion, because the construction "neither/nor" refers to singular nouns in this case. You could reduce it to "Neither one was selected for promotion," if that helps explain it.

    If the sentence were "Neither John's sons nor Harry's daughters were selected for promotion," then you would use "were" because the sentence would not reduce to "neither one was selected for promotion."

    "Having been" creates a shape that is broken at the end, because the phrase is not a complete sentence. It is a dependent clause without a parent.

    "Been" just makes me cringe because my head is exploding. It violates too many rules for no discernible reasons.

    Mrs.Cicero