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    Which answer is right?

    All people, ______ they are old or young, rich or poor, have been trying their best to help those in need since the disaster. A. even if B. whether C. no matter D. however
    Which answer is right?

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by wedo View Post
    Which answer is right?
    Welcome to the forum, wedo.

    We like members to try first. Which do you think is the correct answer?

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    B is the correct answer given by the examiner,but C also sounds ok to me

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    'All people, no matter they are old or young...' is ungrammatical.

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by wedo View Post
    B is the correct answer given by the examiner,but C also sounds ok to me
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    C is not a correct answer. For C to work, there would have to be "whether" after "no matter":
    All people, no matter whether they are old or young, rich or poor...
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'All people, no matter they are old or young...' is ungrammatical.
    I agree, but I have (rarely) run across the construction "no matter they be...".

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree, but I have (rarely) run across the construction "no matter they be...".
    "no matter they be" would be acceptable in my opinion.

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "no matter they be" would be acceptable in my opinion.
    It sounds unnatural to me.

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It sounds unnatural to me.
    I believe it is a use of the subjunctive.

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    Re: Which answer is right?

    For the subjunctive in that case, I would expect to see "All people, be they young or old ..." or "All people, whether they be young or old". It sounds unnatural to me with the addition of "no matter".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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