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"The interior of the earth can be understood only by indirect evidences as neither any one has nor any one can reach the interior of the earth."

This is a excerpt Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Chapter 3, p.18

In above sentence,I think, it should be 'neither any one has reached'. Because later 'reach' is present simple and have been used with modal.

Is the above sentence grammatically right?

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    It's very badly written. Dec 27, 2023 at 13:27
  • 'This is an excerpt from a book.' (What book?) It would be much more natural to say No-one either has [reached] or can reach the interior of the earth. Dec 27, 2023 at 13:39
  • 'Fundamentals of physical geography' ncert book.
    – Ansh
    Dec 27, 2023 at 14:07
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    I think the moral here is not to use geography books to learn English!
    – James K
    Dec 28, 2023 at 9:03
  • The publisher needs to engage better proof-readers.
    – Peter
    Dec 28, 2023 at 10:33

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You are right in your interpretation. We need to insert reached after the auxiliary verb has.

The interior of the earth can be understood only by indirect [evidence] as neither [anyone] has reached nor (anyone) can reach the interior of the earth."

The reach after can is called the bare form of the verb.

Also it should be anyone, and the second of which is optional.

Please note too that evidence is noncount.

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