Chicago: Contemporary Books, 2000, pp. "Neither" is paired with "nor," and "either" is paired with "or." While we'd both been witness scores of times, neither of us had paid much attention. Neither of us was proficient at using a saw and we'd managed only two rungs when exhaustion caught up with us and the light faded for permanently. You say 'She ate neither meat nor fish'. Tiyan didn't need her or the demon, and neither would Taran. They require balance. Elaborate legal enactments codified in Babylonia by the 10th century B.C. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 2000, pp. American Heritage Guide to Contemporary Usage and Style. He neither saw nor understood anything of the sort. For example, “Neither the man nor the woman is a good surfer” is nice and balanced. In fact, while holding firmly by the former, Bonnet more or less modified the latter in his later writings, and, at length, he admits that a " germ " need not be an actual miniature of the organism, hut that it may be merely an " original preformation " capable of producing the latter.4 But, thus defined, the germ is neither more nor less than the "particula genitalis" of Aristotle, or the "primordium vegetale" or " ovum " of Harvey; and the " evolution " of such a germ would not be distinguishable from " epigenesis.". 10 tweet's 'hidden message'? And I ain't staying in no skimpy little tent neither. The father and mother did not speak of the matter to their son again, but a few days later the countess sent for Sonya and, with a cruelty neither of them expected, reproached her niece for trying to catch Nicholas and for ingratitude. If a verb is already in the negative then either …or is used and not neither …nor. In the " dark ages " Jews enjoyed neither rights nor privileges; in the 18th century they were still without rights but they had privileges. But neither seriously considered contacting the law, especially because the law was Acting Sheriff Fitzgerald. I haven't heard of any actor called John Mary! When neither responded, she returned to a safe subject. If you’re unsure which word to use, or if you want to avoid the problem, you can try saying, “and no” for the second part of the negative (7): “I have no time and no money.” The phrase “and not” will also work: “Santa will not permit naughty behavior and will not even consider bringing presents.”. A) Squiggly didn't want to go to the library nor the principal's office. You’d have to say, “He is not interested in math or science”; “He is not interested in math nor science” won’t work. Nothing, unless you count a tire patch kit and a half a receipt for $59.95, neither of which probably even belonged to Byrne. If you prefer to use a negative, then you want to use either. Neither parallels nor meridians are indicated, nor is there a scale. This podcast was written by Bonnie Trenga, author of The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier, who blogs at, and I'm Mignon Fogarty, the author of The Grammar Devotional. It did not translate, and neither did it sound like it could be anything else. You will be punished. find striking parallels in Hebrew, late Jewish (Talmudic), Syrian and Mahommedan law, or in the unwritten usages of all ages; for even where there were neither written laws nor duly instituted lawgivers, there was no lawlessness, since custom and belief were, and still are, almost inflexible. Here are some examples: Neither Sarah nor Peter was to blame for the mistake. > Neither journalist could finish their articles; there wasn't enough time. (The mother didn’t come and the father didn’t come.) He kept an eye out for Billy Langstrom, whom he still hoped to talk to, but he spotted neither him nor Pumpkin Green in the crowd. it still seemed to say, and Prince Andrew felt that something gave way in his soul and that he was guilty of a sin he could neither remedy nor forget. But neither are these affinities close enough to be of any practical aid in deciphering Aegean characters, nor is it by any means certain that there is parentage. She also knew that neither her father nor her brother would refuse to help the peasants in need, she only feared to make some mistake in speaking about the distribution of the grain she wished to give. After that, neither of them would discuss the matter further with her. ; We use either/or for connecting things which are the same types, phrases, clauses or words. Neither sect was supposed to interfere in mortal affairs, a fact they selectively ignored. She prefers the countryside. So the sentence is the same as "neither e is to the right of c and to the left of b, nor a is to the right of c and to the left of b." The headlines of the local newspaper proudly announced, "Under Sheriff Solves Fifty-Year-Old Murder," which Lydia neither confirmed nor denied, nor did the Deans offer public comment. So for Schleiermacher "miracle is neither explicable from nature alone, nor entirely alien to it.". I understand such feelings in others, and if never having felt them I cannot approve of them, neither do I condemn them. In neither case is the actual speech of the conquerors one of the tongues in formal use. The word usage examples above have been gathered from various sources to reflect current and historial usage. 4. “Nor” doesn’t necessarily have to appear in a sentence with the word “neither.” “Nor” can start a sentence. Neither spoke to her, only stood quietly while their warriors remained in the hallway behind them. Higher up stood some Russian infantry, neither moving forward to protect the battery nor backward with the fleeing crowd. On the other hand, in most Oligochaeta the first segment has in the adult no nephridium, and in the case of Octochaetus the existence of a "head kidney" antedating the subsequently developed nephridia of the first and other segments has neither been seen nor proved to be absent. Although the apparent crust-waves are neither equal in size nor symmetrical in form, this complementary relationship between them is always discernible. For example, you might say, “I like neither hot dogs nor mustard.” You may also use “nor” if you’re talking about more than two items, but you must repeat “nor” after each element (2). But neither the pope nor the Venetians would hear of such a transfer, and the negotiations on this subject greatly embittered Matthias against the Curia. Dean stretched and extinguished the bedside lamp but neither slept. Sarah didn't like Rome or Paris. Yet neither the gold of the court nor another man's conviction would make Mirabeau say what he did not himself believe, or do what he did not himself think right. Darkyn didn't move, and neither did Gabriel. Uriburu was neither a politician nor a statesman, but had spent the greater portion of his life abroad in the diplomatic service. 34. Neither of the men seemed to pay the slightest attention to either Dean or the painters, but one of them seemed to be keeping an eye on the door while the other spoke in low tones to his companion. However, when the second negative item is a noun, adjective, or adverb phrase (4), you should use “or” to continue the negative thought because according to Bryan Garner “the initial negative carries through to all the enumerated elements” (5). By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Service.