Neither means not one nor the other of two. It is followed by a singular noun and verb.
- Neither shirt looks good on you.
- Neither statement is true.
Before a determiner (articles, possessives and distributives) or a personal pronoun, we use neither of.
- Neither of my parents lives with me.
- Neither of my sisters is married.
- I like neither of them.
The pronoun that comes after neither of is plural in number. The verb is normally singular, but can be plural in an informal style.
Neither and nor to mean also not
The adverbs neither and nor mean also not. They can be used at the beginning of a clause after a negative idea.
- I dont like science fiction. Neither does my husband. (OR My husband does not either.)
- Alice didnt come, and nor did Mary. (OR Mary didn't either.)
- We have never been to Paris. Neither have I. (OR I havent either.)
- She cant come today, and neither can her brother. (OR And her brother cant either)
Note that here we use the inverted word order neither/nor + auxiliary verb + subject.
Neither --- nor
This structure is used to join two negative ideas.
- My father cant speak English.
- My mother cant speak English.
- Neither my father nor my mother can speak English.
After neither, we use a positive verb to mean a negative idea.
- I dont drink.
- I dont smoke.
- I neither drink nor smoke. (NOT I neither dont drink nor dont smoke.)
When two singular nouns are joined by neither ---nor, the verb is normally singular, but it can be plural in an informal style.
- Neither Alice nor Mary is good at painting. (normal)
- Neither Alice nor Mary are good at paiting. (informal)
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