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    #1

    can neither be/ can be neither

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    Re: can neither be/ can be neither

    The parts of speech that come after "neither" and "nor" have to be parallel.

    Neither [noun phrase] nor [noun phrase]
    Neither [verb phrase] nor [verb phrase]

    It can neither be called an outrage nor called a pro revolution (whatever that is).
    It can be called neither an outrage nor a pro revolution.
    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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    #3

    Re: can neither be/ can be neither

    Is this also correct?
    It can neither be called an outrage nor be called a pro revolution.

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    #4

    Re: can neither be/ can be neither

    Yes, that's actually better than the one I provided, because mine assumes/infers the "be."

    It can be neither this nor that.
    It can neither be this nor be that.
    It can neither be this nor [inferred be] that.
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    #5

    Re: can neither be/ can be neither

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The parts of speech that come after "neither" and "nor" have to be parallel.

    Neither [noun phrase] nor [noun phrase]
    Neither [verb phrase] nor [verb phrase]

    It can neither be called an outrage nor called a pro revolution (whatever that is).
    It can be called neither an outrage nor a pro revolution.
    I have never come across "pro revolution" used as a noun. I have only seen an adjectival use.

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