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    #1

    Question 'and neither...' instead of 'and not... either'

    Hello,

    I have doubts concerning the usage of the word 'neither' as a conjunction in the following sentence(s). I would like to know if this is correct:


    The wind had not blown at all for weeks on end, and neither had a single cloud been seen gather or scud across the sky.

    Or if it should be:

    The wind had not blown at all for weeks on end, and not a single cloud been seen gather or scud across the sky either.


    My main concern involves whether 'neither' can be used to connect two clauses that describe the same setting or context, but through different agents. The first sentence above should imply that it's been weeks since the wind had blown at all and clouds had formed and drifted at all (the context being, obviously, the weather's been quite weird lately), but part of me tells me the 'neither' in the first example is a misuse and might confuse the reader.


    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: 'and neither...' instead of 'and not... either'

    It sounds OK to me, though it is a bit literary.

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