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    Hi,

    In those old, old times, there lived two brothers who were not like other men, nor yet like those Mighty Ones who lived upon the mountain top. They were the sons of one of those Titans who had fought against Jupiter and been sent in chains to the strong prison-house of the Lower World.

    Is the place of 'nor' in the sentence OK or must we use 'or'?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Hi,

    In those old, old times, there lived two brothers who were not like other men, nor yet like those Mighty Ones who lived upon the mountain top. They were the sons of one of those Titans who had fought against Jupiter and been sent in chains to the strong prison-house of the Lower World.

    Is the place of 'nor' in the sentence OK or must we use 'or'?

    Thanks.
    "Nor" works there for me.

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    Thanks for the answer. Can I ask one more question about 'either , neither'?

    Which one is better to use for an emphasis? Must I use 'either' after or before 'don't' in the sentence? And must I use 'you don't' after 'or'?

    - You either don't know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.
    - You don't either know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answer. Can I ask one more question about 'either , neither'?

    Which one is better to use for an emphasis? Must I use 'either' after or before 'don't' in the sentence? And must I use 'you don't' after 'or'?

    - You either don't know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.
    - You don't either know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.

    Thanks again.
    I prefer the first, and in that sentence, you need to repeat "you don't".

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Thanks for the answer. Can I ask one more question about 'either , neither'?

    Which one is better to use for an emphasis? Must I use 'either' after or before 'don't' in the sentence? And must I use 'you don't' after 'or'?

    - You either don't know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.
    - You don't either know how to give the right answer of the question I have asked or (you don't) want to help me.

    Thanks again.
    You either don't know how to give the right answer to the question I have asked or you don't want to help me. (One of those is true.)
    You know neither how to give the right answer to the question I have asked nor do you want to help me. (Both are true.)
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