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Origin of neither
usage note for neither
As a correlative conjunction, neither is almost always followed by nor, not or: Neither the liberals nor the conservatives had originally supported the winner. Subjects connected by neither … nor take singular verbs and pronouns when both subjects are singular ( Neither Diane nor Nicole has her own apartment ), plural when both are plural: Neither the Yankees nor the Dodgers got much help from their bull pens that year. Usage guides commonly say that when a singular and a plural subject are joined by these correlative conjunctions, the noun or pronoun nearer the verb should determine the number of the verb: Neither the mayor nor the council members have yielded on the issue. Neither the council members nor the mayor has yielded on the issue. Practice in this matter varies, however, and often the presence of one plural, no matter what its position, results in a plural verb.
In edited writing the construction following neither is parallel to the one following nor : The great days of American political oratory are neither dead nor waning (not neither are dead nor waning ). This sale sacrifices neither quality nor availability (not This sale neither sacrifices quality nor availability ).
Although some usage guides say that neither may introduce a series of no more than two, it often is used to introduce a series of three or more: The head of that department is neither skillful nor well-prepared nor honest. See also either.
pronunciation note for neither
Words nearby neither
Example sentences from the Web for neither
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.
Neither the Republican nor the Democratic party have done anything to consistently target Asian- American voters.
Hmm, who are these people standing in front of the machines at the gym, neither occupying them nor not occupying them?
JSwipe is neither the first nor the most recent Jewish dating app.
I know that I cannot carry a gun in public and neither can my sons, even if it is a toy.
With a band of relatives he invaded the convent, but neither abuse nor blows could subdue this child of fourteen.Life of St. Francis of Assisi|Paul Sabatier
When 323 Burr chose, neither man nor woman could resist him.A Breath of Prairie and other stories|Will Lillibridge
They neither gave nor accepted any titles of respect or honour, nor would they call any man master on earth.Fox's Book of Martyrs|John Foxe
Well, of course the saying is foolish, and sounds doubly ridiculous in this age when people believe in neither God nor devil.The Sorrows of Satan|Marie Corelli
Borasdine and I were of equal height, and neither measured a hair's breadth less than six feet.Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life|Thomas Wallace Knox
British Dictionary definitions for neither
- not one nor the other (of two); not eitherneither foot is swollen
- (as pronoun)neither can win
- (used preceding alternatives joined by nor) notneither John nor Mary nor Joe went
- another word for nor (def. 2)