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    Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

    Neither James nor I am keen on attending the concert.
    Why is the sentence awkward although it is gramatically correct?

    And why is this sentence below is better than the above one?
    Both James and I are not keen on attending the concert.
    Thanks a bunch.

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    #2

    Re: Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

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    I don't see it as particularly awkward, as the verb rightly is in concord with the proximal subject. (The alternative is Neither I nor James is keen on attending.)

    However, that is also the reason that your second sentence is more felicitous.
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    Re: Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

    Hi
    What about "Neither James nor I are keen on ...."

    I bet this is correct too, anyone reckon?

    Cheers
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    Re: Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

    Not him, nor me - He isn't. I am not, too.

    Does that help?

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    Re: Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
    However, that is also the reason that your second sentence is more felicitous.
    Thanks Mister Micawber. I knew it!

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    Re: Grammar is correct but the sentence is awkward!

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi
    What about "Neither James nor I are keen on ...."

    I bet this is correct too, anyone reckon?

    Cheers
    Udara
    Hello Udara,

    I suppose it's not correct. It should be "Neither James nor I am..".

    How about these sentences for you to see clearly if I am right:

    "Neither Rita nor Jonny wants to go to the concert"
    "Neither Michelle nor Michael is going to the concert"

    I am sorry that I am unable to show a clear picture of the grammar rule.
    I am sure the teachers here will help you.

    All the best,

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