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    Neither of you is/are correct

    1. Neither of you is correct.
    2. Neither of you are correct.

    Do native speakers use a plural verb after "Neither" when the reference is plural in everyday speech?

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    Re: Neither of you is/are correct

    If more than two people are being addressed, then we use 'none', not 'neither'.

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    Re: Neither of you is/are correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1. Neither of you is correct.
    2. Neither of you are correct.

    Do native speakers use a plural verb after "Neither" when the reference is plural in everyday speech?
    Either or neither as a subject takes a singular verb.

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    Re: Neither of you is/are correct

    If we are speaking of two groups, then a plural verb is correct: Neither the French nor the Germans are happy about this.

    Informally, in British English, a plural verb is sometimes used when a singular verb is logically correct: Neither John nor Mary are coming. I recommend that you do not do this in exams.

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    Re: Neither of you is/are correct

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If we are speaking of two groups, then a plural verb is correct: Neither the French nor the Germans are happy about this.

    Informally, in British English, a plural verb is sometimes used when a singular verb is logically correct: Neither John nor Mary are coming. I recommend that you do not do this in exams.
    Yes, when "neither...nor" or "either...or" is used as a conjunction, the verb choice depends on the nouns that are joined:

    If the two nouns are singular, the verb should be singular.
    If the two nouns are plural, the verb should be plural.
    If one noun is singular and one noun is plural, the plural noun should be listed second and then the verb should be plural.

    But I agree with you, even when two singular nouns are joined, one will sometimes see a plural verb.

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