icespirit
Which one is right?
—— Alice, how do your parents like pop music?
   —— _____ my dad _____ my mum likes it. But they both prefer Beijing Opera. 
   A. Either; or      B. Neither; nor   C. not only; but also  D. Both; and

Apr 1, 2017 2:05 AM
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I think C is correct. They both like pop music but they prefer opera. It makes sense. Because to prefer means to like something more than something else. So they have to like pop music a bit. If they didn't like pop music then in the second sentence we would have "like" instead of "prefer".
April 2, 2017
I agree with you, Katarina. 
April 2, 2017
Thank you guys for your help. But I prefer C. I think neither...nor... contradict "But" and "prefer" in logic. 
April 2, 2017

I agree "how" isn't necessary but it's also fine. "How do your parents like pop music?" is equivalent to "What do your parents think of pop music?" 

April 1, 2017

Hi Icespirit, 

How have you been? It's been quite a while since I caught up with you.

I notice that you used a conjunction of contrast "But" in your sentence. Therefore, I infer that your parents do not like pop music. 

Since both subjects (mom and dad) DO NOT like something, it's a double negative. We can use "neither" with "nor" to convey this meaning.

Answer: Neither my dad nor my mum likes it.

If I may comment, we can rewrite the question to be more grammatically correct.

Question: Alice, do your parents like pop music? 

*There is no necessity for "how" as we are not asking the way something is done. 

Hope this helps.

Cheers, Lance


April 1, 2017
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