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  1. What is the meaning of the sentence in bold?

How might this inability to recall early experiences be explained? The sheer passage of time does not account for it; adults have excellent recognition of pictures of people who attended high school with them 35 years earlier. Another seemingly plausible explanation—that infants do not form enduring memories at this point in development—also is incorrect. Children two and a half to three years old remember experiences that occurred in their first year, and eleven month olds remember some events a year later. Nor does the hypothesis that infantile amnesia reflects repression—or holding back—of sexually charged episodes explain the phenomenon. While such repression may occur, people cannot remember ordinary events from the infant and toddler periods either.

  1. And my second question is why Nor is used without Neither.
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  • "Nor does the hypothesis [described] explain the phenomenon." The 'nor' refers to something previously mentioned, which you have not shown. Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 20:29
  • We don't do those chores here. But the sentence is a little complicated. The sentence before probably addressed the hypothesis. This one goes further. It says that the suggestion (hypothesis) that a baby forgets sexual events because it holds feeling inside does not explain the situation (the phenom). Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 20:30
  • @79037662 accept my apologies. I meant following sentence.
    – SeAlGhz
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 20:30
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    @Cascabel Oh yes. Thanks. One reason for not using monospaced text, and highlighting the problem in-situ. I'll do that.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 20:53
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    @Tuffy you mentioned not did u mean nor?
    – SeAlGhz
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 21:54

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  1. Meaning: Some people suggest that you can't remember things from your early childhood (infantile amnesia) because your brain is repressing sexual trauma/abuse. That theory doesn't make sense, because you also can't remember ordinary events.

  2. Can't say for certain but "Nor does xxx explain the phenomenon" sounds much more natural than "Neither does xxx explain the phenomenon"

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  • why Nor looks more natural rather than Neither?
    – SeAlGhz
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 22:10
  • As a native English speaker, I don't know WHY it's more correct, but when speaking each one, to me it's clear that that 'nor' is the correct word choice. "Neither thing 1 nor thing 2 was the correct option". Nor is almost like a negated "and" in its usage.
    – wolf2600
    Commented Jan 28, 2021 at 22:14

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