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    Dear teachers,
    I am confused at some multiple choices. Please explain them to me.

    1. They will have it finished in__________.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. thre quarters of an hour's time

    2. ________ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of
    nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither

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    Dear teachers,
    I am confused by some multiple choices. Please explain them to me.
    1. They will have it finished in__________.
    a. three quarters of an hour b. three quarters of an hour's time

    ==> b. is the correct choice.

    a. They will have it finished in an hour. :( (specific = an = one)
    b. They will have it finished in time. :D (non-specific = time)


    2. ________ of the two books holds the opinion that the danger of
    nuclear war is increasing.
    a. Either b. Neither

    ==> b. is the correct choice.

    a. Either of the two books. :( ('either...or' is a set pair)
    b. Neither of the two books. :D ('neither' can stand alone)

    :D

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    With the first, I can't see what is wrong with the first answer. Maybe it's a British English thing, but both sound fine. I agree about the second answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    With the first, I can't see what is wrong with the first answer. Maybe it's a British English thing, but both sound fine. I agree about the second answer.
    I agree. In the first one, a and b are the same (although a would be used more often. I also agree about the second answer (and would have said the same thing).

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