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    #1

    Is neither same as 'not ~ either'?

    I'm not a native speaker of English.
    I urgently want to know whether the following sentences are correct or natural.

    1) Though she has never been either to England or America, she is good at English.

    2) Though she has never been either to England or to America, she is good at English.

    3) Though she has ever been neither to England nor to America, she is good at English.

    4) Though she has never been to either England or America, she is good at English.

    5) Though she has never been neither to England or America, she is good at English.

    6) Though she has never been neither to England nor to America, she is good at English.

    7) Though she has never been either to England nor to America, she is good at English

    1) is on my English test as a wrong answer. So, I've thought 3), 4) &7) as correct sentences for 1).
    Because 'never' is 'ever not', 'neither' is 'not either' and 'never' can't affect 'either' after preposition 'to'.

    Please, help me to get appropriate sentences.
    Thank you for reading!

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    #2

    Re: Is neither same as 'not ~ either'?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparse lotus View Post
    I'm not a native speaker of English.
    I urgently want to know whether the following sentences are correct or natural.

    1) Though she has never been either to England or America, she is good at English.

    2) Though she has never been either to England or to America, she is good at English.

    3) Though she has ever been neither to England nor to America, she is good at English.

    4) Though she has never been to either England or America, she is good at English.

    5) Though she has never been neither to England or America, she is good at English.

    6) Though she has never been neither to England nor to America, she is good at English.

    7) Though she has never been either to England nor to America, she is good at English

    1) is on my English test as a wrong answer. So, I've thought 3), 4) &7) as correct sentences for 1).
    Because 'never' is 'ever not', 'neither' is 'not either' and 'never' can't affect 'either' after preposition 'to'.

    Please, help me to get appropriate sentences.
    Thank you for reading!
    #4 is OK.

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    #3

    Re: Is neither same as 'not ~ either'?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    #4 is OK.
    Thank you so much!

    Your posting was pretty fast!

    And I could get your answer through E-mail as soon as you uploaded your comment.

    However, I didn't have enough time to show my gratitude to you.

    So I'm afraid that my late reply hurt your feelings.

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    #4

    Re: Is neither same as 'not ~ either'?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparse lotus View Post
    So I'm afraid that my late reply hurt your feelings.
    I'm sure you haven't hurt anyone's feelings.

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    #5

    Re: Is neither same as 'not ~ either'?

    Your thanks are appreciated, sparse lotus, but you don't need to send them in a separate post or to quote our replies back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


    Rover


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