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    Default neither nor; as soon as

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentences:

    1. The speaker expressed the view that _____ aggression______competitiveness are part of human nature; they are reactions to particular environments.

    a. both, and b. neither, nor
    Generally speaking we should choose "a". However a grammar book states that when used in formal style "neither... nor+ singular noun" are can also be used. My question is: how can we decide whether a sentence is formal or not?

    2. Humans everwhere are alike in this respect. _______ there is any extra money, they seek to raise their standard of living.
    a. As long As b. As soon as
    The answer is "b". However, I think both are correct. "a" is condition while "b" is time.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: neither nor; as soon as

    1- I think it's a question of positive and negative rather than style.
    2- I think both are possible

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    Default Re: neither nor; as soon as

    Dear tdol,

    Did you mean as to No.1 both are correct?

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1- I think it's a question of positive and negative rather than style.
    2- I think both are possible

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