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    Default 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    With the same meaning, can I make sentences by using 'neither', 'nor' & 'or' as follows?

    1. Neither May nor Bo can finish the work on time.

    2. Neither one of them can finish the work on time.

    3. Neither May or Bo can finish the work on time.

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    Thank you

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    With the same meaning, can I make sentences by using 'neither', 'nor' & 'or' as follows?

    1. Neither May nor Bo can finish the work on time.

    2. Neither one of them can finish the work on time.

    3. Neither May or Bo can finish the work on time.

    ************************************************** ********

    Thank you
    #3 is wrong. The other two are not very natural.

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    #3 is wrong. The other two are not very natural.
    Could you tell me the natural way to express it?

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Could you tell me the natural way to express it?
    #1 and #2!

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    As bhaisahab said "The other two are not very natural.". It means that #1 and #2 are not really natural to native speaker.


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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    As bhaisahab said "The other two are not very natural.". It means that #1 and #2 are not really natural to native speaker.

    1. Neither Maynor Bo can finish their work on time.

    2. Neither one of them can finish their work on time.

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    Neither May nor Bo can finish the work on time.
    How about if the above sentence is part of a dialogue between two people and they are saying about a specific work?
    Is the above sentence considered natural in this case?

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    Can anyone kindly answer this question?

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    Default Re: 'neither', 'nor' & 'or'

    As we don't say "a specific work" ("work" is, in most contexts, uncountable), I can only suggest:

    Neither May nor Bo can finish the job on time.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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