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    Exclamation either

    how are you? I've encountered some problems using a structure "either...or", so my question is: Does a form of a verb depend on a noun (plural or single) that ends a sentance?
    What is right:
    Neither Marta nor Andre go to lanch., or
    Neither Marta nor Andre goes to lanch.?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: either

    "Neither Marta nor Andre goes to lunch." Verb form with neither/nor depends on whether noun/pronoun closest to the verb is singular or plural.

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    Re: either

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Neither Marta nor Andre goes to lunch." Verb form with neither/nor depends on whether noun/pronoun closest to the verb is singular or plural.
    I would say: "Neither Marta nor Andre go to lunch".

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    #4

    Re: either

    Whichever you say, no, it has nothing to do with 'lunch' being singular.

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    #5

    Re: either

    If I understand your post, yes, it has nothing to do with "lunch" as singular but it does depend on "Andre" as singular.

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    #6

    Re: either

    "Goes" is correct. Here's what Patricia O'Connor, the author of Woe Is I, has to say on whether to use a singular or plural verb:

    "When both halves of the subject -- the halves on either side of or or nor -- are singular, so is the verb."

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