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  1. Fleur de mort
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    I need to know what is the difference between not / neither
    and can you give me example ?


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    Re: some help !!

    Not = used to form or express a negative

    It is not day; it is night
    He is not clever.

    Neither = determiner & pronoun not the one nor the other of two people or things; not either.

    Neither day suits me for the appointment.
    Neither cat is black.


    adverb 1 used before the first of two (or occasionally more) alternatives (the others being introduced by ‘nor’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

    It is neither day nor night; it is evening.
    He is neither clever nor stupid.


    2 used to introduce a further negative statement.

    He is not clever; neither is he stupid
    It is not day; neither is it night.

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    Re: some help !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Not = used to form or express a negative

    It is not day; it is night
    He is not clever.

    Neither = determiner & pronoun not the one nor the other of two people or things; not either.

    Neither day suits me for the appointment.
    Neither cat is black.

    adverb 1 used before the first of two (or occasionally more) alternatives (the others being introduced by ‘nor’) to indicate that they are each untrue or each do not happen.

    It is neither day nor night; it is evening.
    He is neither clever nor stupid.

    2 used to introduce a further negative statement.

    He is not clever; neither is he stupid
    It is not day; neither is it night.
    sorry for chiming in.
    'neither' in the last two sentences is bothering me, I don't know why. I'm more used to such ex.:

    He is not clever, nor is he stupid. (equivalent: He is neither clever, nor stupid.)
    it is not day, nor is it night. (It is neither day, nor night.)

    One other ex.: Dean is not your babysitter, nor is he your servant.

    or perhaps both ways are correct??
    Last edited by bianca; 18-Jun-2007 at 14:44.


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    Re: some help !!

    Both ways are correct. The question was about "not" and "neither", and I chose to concentrate on those words.

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