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    #1

    A and B didn't/Neither A nor B

    I found this in an English textbook published in Japan.

    "Emily and Minjun didn't eat bananas this morning."

    Does this mean either Emily or Minjun ate bananas?

    In my understanding I should say, "Neither Emily nor Minjun ate bananas this morning," if Emily didn't eat bananas and Minjun didn't, either.


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    #2

    Re: A and B didn't/Neither A nor B

    Both would be understood as meaning the same but I prefer your "Neither etc. etc."

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    #3

    Re: A and B didn't/Neither A nor B

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post

    "Emily and Minjun didn't eat bananas this morning."
    In some contexts, that sentence would be more than just acceptable; it would be the natural way to express the meaning.
    Can you think of such a context?

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    Re: A and B didn't/Neither A nor B

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post

    In my understanding I should say, "Neither Emily nor Minjun ate bananas this morning," if Emily didn't eat bananas and Minjun didn't, either
    I agree with 2006- this is a possibilitiy, but there's nothing wrong with the original sentence, and in many contexts it would be better. What would you use if there were four children, two of whom ate bananas?

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    #5

    Re: A and B didn't/Neither A nor B

    How about this?

    - Did your four children eat the bananas I sent them yesterday?
    - Emily and Minjun didn't eat bananas this morning, but Peter and Paul did. There are still some bananas left.

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