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by okletsdothis » Sat Jan 29, 2011 5:49 am
Confused between each of whom and both of whom. Please explain


Q.Neither my mother nor my father, both of whom are English professors, agree
with my contention that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is overrated

A. Both of whom are English professors, agree with my contention that
James Joyce's novel Ulysses is overrated.
B. Both of whom are English professors, agrees with my contention that
James Joyce's novel Ulysses is overrated.
C. Both of whom are English professors, agree with my contention that
Ulysses, a novel by James Joyce is overrated.
D. Each of whom is an English professor, agree with my contention that
James Joyce's novel Ulysses is overrated.
E. English professors the both of them agrees with my contention that
James Joyce's novel Ulysses is overrated.

OA B

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by maihuna » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:10 am
The biggest hint between B and D is S+V, Neither X nor Y requires singular agrees rather than plural agrees. SO I Will use that to cross D
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by prachich1987 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:48 am
When two subjects are joined by "neither . . . nor", the verb agrees with the nearer subject.
Hence the verb should be AGREES
We can eliminate A,C,D
E is awkward and changes the meaning of the sentence

Hence B.

Can you please reveal the source of the above problem.
According to the explanation given by Ron Purewal ,the usage of BOTH or EACH after neither..nor in the above case is incorrect.
Please go through below link for more information

https://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/usa ... t3848.html

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by okletsdothis » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:02 am

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by aspirant2011 » Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:17 am
I would go with B because of neither and nor, singular agrees should be used.................

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by frank1 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:35 am
aspirant2011 wrote:I would go with B because of neither and nor, singular agrees should be used.................
I agree with you
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