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    #1

    Which one is correct?

    Hi,

    Can u tell me which sentence between the following two is correct?

    1. Neither I nor my wife is ready to accept who the culprit is.
    2. Neither I nor my wife is ready to accept who is the culprit.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by honey03 View Post
    Hi,

    Can u tell me which sentence between the following two is correct?

    1. Neither I nor my wife is ready to accept who the culprit is.
    2. Neither I nor my wife is ready to accept who is the culprit.

    Thanks.
    I'd say none of them (subject-verb agreement).

    As a member (especially one who claims to be a teacher), please use proper English words, not chatspeak.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    I'd say none of them (subject-verb agreement).

    NOT A TEACHER


    Actually, there is a subject-verb agreement. In either/or and neither/nor sentences, the verb should match the closest subject. Since "wife" is singular, "is" is the correct verb.

    I would go for #1.

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post

    NOT A TEACHER


    Actually, there is a subject-verb agreement. In either/or and neither/nor sentences, the verb should match the closest subject. Since "wife" is singular, "is" is the correct verb.

    I would go for #1.
    Well then, that's something that needs be re-learnt here (I've always used "are" in such cases; looks like I've been wrong for a loooooong time ). Thank you, CS.

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    #5

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Actually, there is a subject-verb agreement. In either/or and neither/nor sentences, the verb should match the closest subject. Since "wife" is singular, "is" is the correct verb.
    I thought we could choose between singular and plural in this case. Another surprise.

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    #6

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Well then, that's something that needs be re-learnt here (I've always used "are" in such cases; looks like I've been wrong for a loooooong time ). Thank you, CS.

    charliedeut
    Here are two more examples, taken from English Grammar Workbook for Dummies:

    Either Josh or his partners are going to jail.
    Either his partners or Josh is going to jail.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 24-Sep-2012 at 16:37. Reason: added a link to the book

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    #7

    Re: Which one is correct?

    The standard word order, to the point of the original question, is "who the culprit is."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    A better title would be Neither I nor my wife.

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