Neither

Posted by Manjusha Filed in Practical English Usage

Neither means not one nor the other of two. It is followed by a singular noun and verb.

Neither of

Before a determiner (articles, possessives and distributives) or a personal pronoun, we use neither of.

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.

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.

After neither, we use a positive verb to mean a negative idea.

When two singular nouns are joined by neither ---nor, the verb is normally singular, but it can be plural in an informal style.

See also

Near
Nearest and next
Negative forms
Neither
Neither, nor and not either
No, none and not a/any
No matter
North, northern, south, southern
not only ... but also...
Using not only...but also

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