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    The use of "neither"

    Hello: could you help me?
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    Can I use neither in negatie statements? For instance in the sentence:
    I didn`t neither like the food nor the music in the party.

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    Re: The use of "neither"

    Quote Originally Posted by rosalbiux.n.p View Post
    Hello: could you help me?
    My question is this:
    Can I use neither in negatie statements? For instance in the sentence:
    I didn`t neither like the food nor the music in the party.
    No, you can't. You can't have more than one negative in the sentence.
    I liked neither the food nor the music at the party.

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    Re: The use of "neither"

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    No, you can't. You can't have more than one negative in the sentence.
    I liked neither the food nor the music at the party.
    ... but if it were two sentences, you'd repeat the negation:

    I don't like the food. Neither do I like the music.

    And of course, one can't always hear the punctuation that clearly Especially not at a party

    So, in spoken English, you may very well hear 'neither' liberally sprinkled near negatives.

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    Re: The use of "neither"

    It's the same as when you use 'never': I had never been here before. (One negative, 'never'; not both 'never' and the verb.)

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    Re: The use of "neither"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... but if it were two sentences, you'd repeat the negation:

    I don't like the food. Neither do I like the music.

    And of course, one can't always hear the punctuation that clearly Especially not at a party

    So, in spoken English, you may very well hear 'neither' liberally sprinkled near negatives.

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    Yes, near but not with negatives. Though in spoken AE you can hear people speaking with two negatives.

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