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    smile

    HY , smile then.

    Start with niether and restructure the sentence.

    Neither Sameer speaks nor he writes English.

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    Re: smile

    This doesn't work as is.

    You can say "Sameer neither writes nor speaks English." That's one person, and he doesn't do either thing.

    You can say "Neither Sameer nor he writes or speaks English." That's two people, and neither can do those two things. The reader would have to know who "he" is.

    Are either of these what you meant?


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    Re: smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This doesn't work as is.

    You can say "Sameer neither writes nor speaks English." That's one person, and he doesn't do either thing.

    You can say "Neither Sameer nor he writes or speaks English." That's two people, and neither can do those two things. The reader would have to know who "he" is.

    Are either of these what you meant?

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    Re: smile

    Sameer neither writes nor speaks English.

    Can I say "Sammer doesn't either write or speak English" instead?


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    Smile Re: smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Sameer neither writes nor speaks English.

    Can I say "Sammer doesn't either write or speak English" instead?
    You could try to say it, though I can't say what the result would be.

    You'd probably better not say it. No, you can't. It doesn't make it.

    It's an interesting question, though. I see how you've applied logic here.


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    Re: smile

    Sameer neither writes nor speaks English.

    Can you say the same thing using "either," then?


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    Re: smile

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Sameer neither writes nor speaks English.

    Can you say the same thing using "either," then?
    You can, but then you'd have to use "or", and the meaning changes. It would then mean that Sameer does one or the other: writes English or speaks English. And that wouldn't be a logical proposition. No, it wouldn't.


    Sameer either writes or speaks English.

    Oh, he does, does he? Well, which one is it?

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