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    #1

    Thumbs up Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ………of them .
    a-either
    b-any
    c-neither
    d-both
    what about c(neither)?

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    #2

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    He speaks to neither.
    He doesn't speak to either.


    ​One negation suffices.

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    #3

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    Not only that, but two is wrong.

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    #4

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    I don't disagree.

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    #5

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    May we also use "both of them" for the alternative?
    Last edited by Darryus; 06-Jul-2016 at 09:27.

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    #6

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    No. In this negative construction, only either of them​ is possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. In this negative construction, only either of them​ is possible.
    Then, is it not possible to use the word "both" in negative construction?

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    #8

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    It is possible, but it has a different meaning.

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    #9

    Re: Peter has two brothers, but he doesn't speak to ……….of them . (neither)

    Saying, "Peter has two brothers, and he doesn't speak to both of them" is ambiguous. If you say this, you will be asked to clarify.

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