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1)"They won't pay you back either the principal bond or interest on the due date."
2)"They will pay you back neither the principal bond nor interest on the due date."
3)''The won't pay you back the principal bond nor will you get paid interest on the due date."
Some smart..s in my class told me that the use of "nor" in sentence 3) is incorrect and that it can only be used with "neither" as in sentence 2). What do you think of these sentences?
I must have been driving you up the wall by asking too many "natural questions" but I'm going to do it once again, which of the three is natural?
Last edited by ostap77; 03-Mar-2011 at 07:57.
Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
Just a few thoughts.
"They won't pay you back the principal bond or the interest on the due date."
"You won't get back the principal bond or get paid interest on the due date."
The two sentences, with or, to my mind introduce an alternative; so I'd expect to get one of the payments. Boolean logic hasn't got much to do with everyday language.
"They won't pay you back the principal bond nor the interest on the due date."
"You won't get back the principal bond nor get paid interest on the due date."
With nor the meaning changes to "you won't get any payments"
There are plenty of examples in BNC and COCA to confirm that statement.I guess 3) is good because when I use a negative sentence to express my thoughts and than something else comes to my mind I can easily introduce another with "nor".
Uses of "nor" after negative "not" in conversations account to about ten percentage of all examples of such construction. That doesn't include other negative words such as never.Do you use "nor" without "neither" in conversation?
Last edited by Jaskin; 03-Mar-2011 at 14:54.