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    #1

    Neither you nor he are to blame

    Hi,

    Which one is correct?

    1. Neither you nor he is to blame.
    2. Neither you nor he are to blame.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Neither you nor he are to blame

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Which one is correct?

    1. Neither you nor he is to blame.
    2. Neither you nor he are to blame.

    Thanks.
    With #1 are you less likely to be stoned to death by people who think the language belongs to them. Talking about the damned-if you-do-and-damned-if-you-don't issues of grammar.

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    #3

    Re: Neither you nor he are to blame

    Does this mean number 1 is incorrect, and number 2 is the correct one?

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    #4

    Re: Neither you nor he are to blame

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Which one is correct?

    1. Neither you nor he is to blame. 'Neither" is singular and takes a singular verb.
    2. Neither you nor he are to blame.

    Thanks.
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