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  1. Masfer
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    Neither/nor

    Hi!
    Is this sentence right?

    This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

    This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either


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    Re: Neither/nor

    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    Hi!
    Is this sentence right?

    This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

    This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either

    In my opinion, the second sentence is right.

    FYI
    This law does guarantee neither A nor B.
    or
    This law doesn't quarantee either A or B.

    "neither" and "nor" imply negative meanings.


    sabrina

  2. Masfer
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    Re: Neither/nor

    Thank you !

    Sometimes Word is actually right

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    Re: Neither/nor

    Quote Originally Posted by Masfer
    Hi!
    Is this sentence right?

    This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

    This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

    By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either
    That sentence is incorrect. We don't use "neither...nor" in a negative sentence. You can say:

    This law guarantees neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression.

    This law does not guarantee freedom of religion or freedom of expression.

    I don't care for the second version either. There is no need for "does".

    :wink:

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