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    bertietheblue is offline Senior Member
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    Default neither ... nor ... nor

    Which is correct or your preference, bearing in mind I can't reword to eg 'None of ...'?

    1. Neither X or any other supplier, nor Y [shall respond directly to such requests]
    2. Neither X or any other supplier nor Y ...

    3. Neither X, nor any other supplier, nor Y ...
    4. Neither X nor any other supplier nor Y ...

    5. Neither X, any other supplier, nor Y ...
    6. Neither X, any other supplier nor Y ...

    where X and Y are companies.

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    Which is correct or your preference, bearing in mind I can't reword to eg 'None of ...'?

    1. Neither X or any other supplier, nor Y [shall respond directly to such requests]
    2. Neither X or any other supplier nor Y ...

    3. Neither X, nor any other supplier, nor Y ...
    4. Neither X nor any other supplier nor Y ...

    5. Neither X, any other supplier, nor Y ...
    6. Neither X, any other supplier nor Y ...

    where X and Y are companies.
    Given the choices, I'd write 3.

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Me too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Thanks. What if I introduced 'any other purchaser' after 'Y'?

    Would you say
    Neither X, nor any other supplier, nor Y, nor any other purchaser
    or
    Neither X or any other supplier, nor Y or any other purchaser

    ?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    Thanks. What if I introduced 'any other purchaser' after 'Y'?

    Would you say
    Neither X, nor any other supplier, nor Y, nor any other purchaser
    or
    Neither X or any other supplier, nor Y or any other purchaser

    ?
    Thanks
    Given your choices, I'd write the first.
    But really, I would write "No supplier, including X, nor any purchaser, including Y, ..."

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    Question Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Dear Raymott and Bertie,

    I apologize for inserting my question into this thread, but it is often said that we should avoid learning from lyrics (or at least we should be cautious), but I kind of feel that the following line from Jesus Christ Superstar would have given me a good clue if I had had to consider the above mentioned sentences on my own:

    "Neither you, Simon, nor the fifty thousand, nor the Romans, nor the Jews, nor Judas, nor the twelve, nor the priests, nor the scribes, nor doomed Jerusalem itself understand what power is, understand what glory is, understand at all."

    Am I right?

    PS: Is my introducing sentence grammatically correct? (I'm eager to learn... )
    Last edited by ~Mav~; 10-Jun-2010 at 16:30. Reason: Adding PS

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Given your choices, I'd write the first.
    But really, I would write "No supplier, including X, nor any purchaser, including Y, ..."
    Wish I could! Lawyers tend to group and so write:

    Neither A or B, nor X or Y, nor 1, 2 or 3 ...

    and it's a nightmare. I'm sure every time I see a 'neither ... nor ... nor' sentence, with added 'or's in between, I have to reach for the Nurofen before I even read it for sense.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    Dear Raymott and Bertie,

    I apologize for inserting my question into this thread, but it is often said that we should avoid learning from lyrics (or at least we should be cautious), but I kind of feel that the following line from Jesus Christ Superstar would have given me a good clue if I had had to consider the above-mentioned sentences on my own:

    "Neither you, Simon, nor the fifty thousand, nor the Romans, nor the Jews, nor Judas, nor the twelve, nor the priests, nor the scribes, nor doomed Jerusalem itself understand what power is, understand what glory is, understand at all."

    Am I right?
    Yes, that's a good point, and an almost perfect paragraph.

    PS: Is my introducing sentence grammatically correct? (I'm eager to learn... )
    R.

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    Thumbs up Re: neither ... nor ... nor

    Thank you very much, Raymott.

    I kinda (sic!) felt it was kinda unnecessary to use "kind of", but I kinda couldn't resist to use it, thanks to some TV series. Though let me tell you that aside from this post, I didn't use "kinda" in the last couple of days. Well, kinda...

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