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    HifaMo is offline Junior Member
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    neither nor and faulty parallelism

    Hi,

    My textbook states:

    The victim was neither left alone after the accident, nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    I think there is faulty parallelism in the sentence.

    I think the following version is better.

    The victim was left alone neither after the accident nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    Correct me, please.
    Thanks.

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    Re: neither nor and faulty parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by HifaMo View Post
    Hi,

    My textbook states:

    The victim was neither left alone after the accident, nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    I think there is faulty parallelism in the sentence.

    I think the following version is better.

    The victim was left alone neither after the accident nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    Correct me, please.
    Thanks.
    I don't find either very natural. I would write it as "The victim was not left alone after the accident, nor was she after the ambulance took her to hospital".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Apr-2013 at 15:06. Reason: typo

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    Re: neither nor and faulty parallelism

    I would write a similar sentence to bhaisahab's but I wouldn't bother with "was she".

    The victim was not left alone after the accident, nor after the ambulance took her to hospital"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: neither nor and faulty parallelism

    Quote Originally Posted by HifaMo View Post

    My textbook states:

    The victim was neither left alone after the accident, nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    I think there is faulty parallelism in the sentence.

    I think the following version is better.

    The victim was left alone neither after the accident nor after the ambulance took her to hospital.

    I agree that your version is an improvement on that in your texbook.

    Rover

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