RoverI cannot give you my blessing, nor can I wish you good fortune.
Question 1: "nor" is usually used with "neither", however in the sentence above, which is a grammatically correct sentence, "nor" is used without "neither". I understand what the sentence means, I have no problem with that, but up until today I hadn't known that "nor" could have been used this way. My question is, is it possible to use the sentence above with "neither" in it this time?
Example: I can neither give you my blessing, nor can I wish you good fortune. Yes — that's fine, too.
Question 2: If it is possible, then why isn't there a "neither" in the first sentence? Why didn't the speaker use it? There was no good reason to. He could have used it if he'd felt like it. Are there some cases where "neither" can be omitted? Yes. What are those cases? This is one of them.
Question 3: In the second part of the sentence, there is an inversion. Usually, the "neither ... nor" sentences I come across don't have inversions, sentences usually follow as: "Neither drinking nor smoking is good for your health." I would like to know when and how we use inversion with "nor" like the first example.
Question 4: If we can use "nor" without "neither" and invert the second part of the sentence, can we do the same thing with "or"? No. We don't invert the second part.
Example: I can drop you by the bus stop, or I can take you to your home.
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