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    Neither

    Neither of his parents had aught but praise for him
    Does this mean his parents were pleased or displeased?

    It's just that 'neither' confuses me. If I say "His parents had anything (aught) but praise for him," His parents didn't have praise for him. And 'Neither' in front of the sentence negates it so it should mean His parents showered him with praise. And yet my first gut feeling when I read the sentence is that his parents didn't have praise for him.

    What does this sentence mean? and can you explain why it means so?

    Your help on this will be very much appreciated (I wish I had other words to replace 'appreciated' - I've used it too many times and it's getting repetitive. Any suggestions?)

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    Re: Neither

    Quote Originally Posted by HaraKiriBlade View Post
    Does this mean his parents were pleased or displeased?
    It's just that 'neither' confuses me. If I say "His parents had anything (aught) but praise for him," His parents didn't have praise for him. And 'Neither' in front of the sentence negates it so it should mean His parents showered him with praise. And yet my first gut feeling when I read the sentence is that his parents didn't have praise for him.
    What does this sentence mean? and can you explain why it means so?
    Your help on this will be very much appreciated (I wish I had other words to replace 'appreciated' - I've used it too many times and it's getting repetitive. Any suggestions?)
    - HKB

    "aught" means "anything" in this sentence
    Neither of his parents had anything but praise for him.
    The parents were proud of him

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