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    Neither John nor Carol.

    "Neither John nor Carol has a car." I read this sentence in a book. We are mentioning about two people here so, could you please tell me that why "Has" instead of "Have" has been used in this sentence?
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    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Neither John nor Carol.

    You will see both forms used. The argument for using the singular is based on the idea that a negative cannot be plural.

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    Re: Neither John nor Carol.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The argument for using the singular is based on the idea that a negative cannot be plural.
    Really?

    Neither the Czech nor the Slovak teachers is are coming to that meeting though the expat teachers will be there.

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    #5

    Re: Neither John nor Carol.

    I didn't say that I agreed with it. I happily use the plural.

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    #6

    Re: Neither John nor Carol.

    What I questioned was the idea that a negative cannot be plural.

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    #7

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    Many such claims that are presented as rules don't stand close examination.

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