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    Which choice is the best ? I need your help .

    1.Ron, who is one of our bravest men, never loses his temper; and if he _______ so tense during the Friday night operation the situation must have been extremely dangerous indeed.
    A. were B. was C. had been

    2.Neither Marry nor John ate _______ lunch in this restaurant
    A.his B.their

    I donít know which choice is the best for the gap .I would like to have your help and explanations .

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Which choice is the best ? I need your help .

    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04 View Post
    1.Ron, who is one of our bravest men, never loses his temper; and if he _______ so tense during the Friday night operation the situation must have been extremely dangerous indeed.
    A. were B. was C. had been

    2.Neither Marry nor John ate _______ lunch in this restaurant
    A.his B.their

    I donít know which choice is the best for the gap .I would like to have your help and explanations .

    Thanks in advance.
    1. was
    2. their

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    Re: Which choice is the best ? I need your help .

    You probably weren't sure, because both correct answers seem to break some rule.

    1. The first is not a conditional sentence in the the way such sentences are normally presented in coursebooks. The idea behind this one is:

    if (= given that) he _______ so tense during the Friday night operation (as we know he was), then....

    2. Although either ... or and neither ... nor normally require singular forms when both nouns are singular, 'their' is now acceptable as an alternative to 'his/her'.

    Neither Tom nor John has eaten his lunch yet
    Neither Mary nor Anne has eaten her lunch yet
    Neither the boys nor the girls have eaten their lunches yet
    Neither Mary nor John has eaten their lunch yet
    Last edited by 5jj; 15-Jun-2011 at 09:45. Reason: mistake

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