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    Pronoun...

    Hi,

    I need help about 'pronoun'.

    When David and Joel asked a few questions, of them could answer them.

    1. neither 2. not either 3. not one....

    The answer is "1".
    I think neither equals 'not either'.
    Why can't 2 be an answer?

    Best regards...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi,

    I need help about 'pronoun'.

    When David and Joel were asked a few questions, of them could answer them.

    1. neither 2. not either 3. not one....

    The answer is "1".
    I think neither equals 'not either'.
    Why can't 2 be an answer?

    Best regards...
    I think you must put appropriate form verb “be” to make a correct passive sentence. Here a pronoun is necessary. You can use neither or either as pronoun. You can say: either of them could not answer them. Not either can be used as an adverb. I haven't seen the movie and my brother has not either


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    Re: Pronoun...

    Thanks for your clear explanations.

    I have another question about the same thing.

    Q: When David and Joel were asked a few questions, of them could answer them.

    1) neither 2) not either 3) not one 4) no one

    I want to know why 'no one' can't be the answer.
    I think 'no one' can be the right subject.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Thanks for your clear explanations.

    I have another question about the same thing.

    Q: When David and Joel were asked a few questions, of them could answer them.

    1) neither 2) not either 3) not one 4) no one

    I want to know why 'no one' can't be the answer.
    I think 'no one' can be the right subject.

    Thanks.
    "No one" means not a single person. No one knows where he is now.
    You can say:When all the students in the class were asked a few questions, no one(not a sinle student) could answer them.
    So use of "no one" in your sentence is grammatical but not appropriate.

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    Re: Pronoun...

    Quote Originally Posted by nautes20 View Post
    Hi,

    I need help about 'pronoun'.

    When David and Joel asked a few questions, of them could answer them.

    1. neither 2. not either 3. not one....

    The answer is "1".
    I think neither equals 'not either'.
    Why can't 2 be an answer?

    Best regards...
    Some more information:
    Neither is the only correct answer. 'Neither' is only used for two.
    Here are some correct sentences:

    When David was asked a few questions, he couldn't answer.
    When David and Joel were asked a few questions, neither of them could answer.
    When a few questions were asked, neither David nor Joel could answer.
    When David, Joel and Mary were asked a few questions, not one of them could answer.
    When David, Joel and Mary were asked a few questions, none of them could answer.
    When the class was asked a few questions, none of them could answer.
    When the class was asked a few questions, no one could answer.

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