April 30, 2011

Either, Neiter, Or and Nor - Part II

Hello again...

Neither ... Nor

Neither... nor is equivalent to not... either... or:
   Neither Paul nor John will be there. --> Paul won't be there and John won't be there.
   He speaks neither French nor Germany.
   We brought neither pens nor pencils.
   I will neither help you nor do my homework.

Neither can also be followed by one of + group of two:
   Neither of them is ready.
     Neither one of them is ready.
   Neither of us should know.
     Neither one of us should know.

Neither is used like not... either:
   I don't speak french.
     Neither do I (informal: me neither)
   He isn't ready to go.
     Neither are we.

Either means "one", neither means "none", and not either equals neither. Or goes with either and nor goes with neither.

Next post, some exercises.

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