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    Dear Sir,
    Neither of us do the work
    Neither of us does the work
    Sir, which one is correct. Kindly reply to my email
    Thank you

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    Default Re: doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    Dear Sir,
    Neither of us do the work
    Neither of us does the work
    Sir, which one is correct. Kindly reply to my email
    Thank you
    ♥♦♣♠ NOT A TEACHER ♥♦♣♠
    Neither of us does the work is more formal.

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    Default Re: doubt

    1st one is good. Neither of us do the work

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    Default Re: doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by talented View Post
    1st one is good. Neither of us do the work
    That is not correct, talented(?).

    Only 'Neither of us does the work' is correct.

    (I wish students would get into the habit of ending simple sentences with full stops.)

    Edmundjanet, note that Neither of us do/does the work would have been a more meaningful thread title than Re: doubt.

    Rover

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    Default Re: doubt

    I am not a teacher.

    "Neither" is tricky. Native speakers disagree about whether it is singular or plural in certain cases. I make it singular when I can, because it is. But sometimes that does not sound right: Neither the cat nor the dogs was hungry. Some readers see your sentence that way, that the plural form "us" right next to the verb makes the plural form sound better: Neither of us do the work. To my ear, "us" is in the objective case and therefore can't influence the verb; this is a matter of ear, not grammar. If you had "Neither of the pilots think we should land", "thinks" sounds a bit precious. Again, ear.

    Final answer: Neither of us does the work.
    Last edited by Coolfootluke; 19-Feb-2011 at 18:42. Reason: tpyo

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    Default Re: doubt

    Quote Originally Posted by edmondjanet View Post
    Dear Sir,
    Neither of us do the work
    Neither of us does the work
    Sir, which one is correct. Kindly reply to my email
    Thank you
    The problem here is that grammar rules may not comform with practical usage. If you google it you will see that some people tend to say things like

    - Neither of us do the work.

    Neither is singular according to the grammar rules. However, if we have a cluase with "of + plural pronoun" many would choose DO in this case.

    Neither of us does the work. (is the correct one in conjunction with the grammar rules.)

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