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When the correlatives either---or, neither---nor, both---and, not only---but also are used, you must see that they are placed before words of the same part of speech.

Read the sentence given below.

The car either dashed against a dog or a goat. (verb-noun)

This is a bad construction because either is followed by a verb (dashed) and or is followed by a noun (goat). It has to be rewritten as:

The car dashed against either a dog or a goat. (noun-noun)

Another example is given below.

Neither he would eat nor allow us to eat. (noun-verb)

This is an incorrect construction because here neither is followed by a pronoun (he) and nor is followed by a verb (allow). The sentence needs to be rewritten as:

More examples are given below.

See Also

Have or have got: differences
Hear or listen to?
He or she and they
Words ending in -man
At or in?
Can or could?
Go or get?
Can and be able to
Can and could
Change of tenses
Close and shut
Cloth and clothes
Come and go
Comparative and superlative
Comparatives - a common error
On the contrary
Cool down and cool off
Correct pronunciation of the
Could have + past participle