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    Is there any difference between neither and nor regarding the level of formality?

    He hadnít done any homework, neither had he brought any of his books to class.

    We didnít get to see the castle, nor did we see the cathedral?

    Is there any difference between 'neither' and 'nor' regarding the level of formality?

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    #2

    Re: Is there any difference between neither and nor regarding the level of formality?

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    He hadn’t done any homework, nor had he brought any of his books to class.

    We didn’t get to see the castle, nor did we see the cathedral?

    Is there any difference between 'neither' and 'nor' regarding the level of formality?
    It has nothing to do with formality. Nor is correct in both examples.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Is there any difference between neither and nor regarding the level of formality?

    Both sentences would be grammatically correct if the second ended with a period (full stop). However, that use of nor is not common in AmE, and neither is very unnatural used that way. If you replace neither with "nor" in the first, you have a passable sentence that looks not just formal but stilted and old-fashioned to me. I'd write
    He hadn't done any homework or brought any of his books to class.
    We didn't get to see the castle or the cathedral.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is there any difference between neither and nor regarding the level of formality?

    This speaker of BrE does not consider nor a coordinating conjunction. I would write those sentences as:

    He hadnít done any homework or brought any of his books to class.
    He hadnít done any homework; he hadn't brought any of his books to class either.
    He hadnít done any homework; nor had he brought any of his books to class.

    We didnít get to see the castle or the cathedral.
    We didnít get to see the castle; we didn't see the cathedral either.
    We didnít get to see the castle; nor did we see the cathedral.

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    Re: Is there any difference between neither and nor regarding the level of formality?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It has nothing to do with formality. Nor is correct in both examples.
    Then, can we say 'nor' and 'neither' are used in different structures?

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