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    #1

    'neither' and 'nor'

    I am studying a grammar book talking about the 'co-ordinating conjunctions'.

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    (quoted)

    1. Not only were the poice late, but (also) they did not bring a search warrant.

    This also applies to clauses beginning with 'neither' and 'nor'. eg.

    2. The police were late, nor did they bring a search warrant.

    (unquoted)
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    My questions are :

    In the above point #1
    What is the reason why the writer put a bracket to also?

    In the above point #2
    To remain the same meaning, can I put neither to replace nor ?
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    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: 'neither' and 'nor'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    I am studying a grammar book talking about the 'co-ordinating conjunctions'.

    __________________________________________________ _____________

    (quoted)

    1. Not only were the poice late, but (also) they did not bring a search warrant.

    This also applies to clauses beginning with 'neither' and 'nor'. eg.

    2. The police were late, nor did they bring a search warrant.

    (unquoted)
    __________________________________________________ _______
    My questions are :

    In the above point #1
    What is the reason why the writer put a bracket to also?

    In the above point #2
    To remain the same meaning, can I put neither to replace nor ?
    __________________________________________________ ___________

    Thank you
    I find both of them unnatural. i would write 1. "Not only were the police late but they didn't bring a search warrant either"
    2. "The police were late and they didn't bring a search warrant".

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