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Re: (teach) using "neither he nor she..."

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  • gilbertsinchina@hotmail.com
    George, I see you are still teaching from the Acme Abridged Book of Standard English? The one without either and neither ? Damn good move too. Don t want to
    Message 1 of 14 , May 30, 2002
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      George, I see you are still teaching from the Acme Abridged Book of Standard English? The one without "either" and "neither"? Damn good move too. Don't want to give these non-natives anything to surprise the natives with.

      TonyG
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      Dick, I would suggest that "Jack and Jill aren't coming" gets to the point without the equivocation of "neither/nor". It's a much stronger statement. When a singular referent is used "is" would be correct, but with a plural, "are" is the norm. Common usage determines grammar, not vice versa.
      GR

      When you are writing and trying hard to be formal and remember the
      'grammar you learned in school' you might write:
      Neither Jack nor Jill is coming.

      But in speech:
      Neither Jack nor Jill are coming.
      is far more common.

      Dick






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