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    He neither drinks nor does he smoke.

    Hello.

    Is it possible to use the sentence below as a parallel structure, if not, how can we fix it?
    Personally, I feel that this sentence is not parallel, as each part taken part in parallelism has different grammatical form : verb and clause.

    He neither drinks nor does he smoke.


    Maybe this sentence is parallel and correct: He neither drinks nor smoke.
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    Re: He neither drinks nor does he smoke.

    He neither drinks nor smokes.
    He doesn't drink, nor does he smoke.
    Last edited by teechar; 11-Jun-2017 at 14:02. Reason: corrected "drink"

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    Re: He neither drinks nor does he smoke.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    He neither drinks nor smokes.
    He doesn't drink, nor does he smoke.
    Thanks Teechar, so the original sentence is wrong.
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    Re: He neither drinks nor does he smoke.

    No, it's not wrong, but it's not standard.

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    Re: He neither drinks nor does he smoke.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    No, it's not wrong, but it's not standard.
    Thank you.
    This is the source recommend by a teacher for studying English, and I think I can't rely on it any more.
    http://random-idea-english.blogspot....lause-and.html
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