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    • Join Date: Feb 2007
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    Smile use of neither, either

    i would like to know the use of neither/either.

    Which is correct?
    Neither John nor Harry like soup
    Neithjer John nor Harry likes soup.

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    • Join Date: Sep 2003
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    Re: use of neither, either

    Welcome, sujatanair.

    The Standard is:

    neither [singular noun] nor [singular noun] + singular verb
    Ex: Neither John nor Harry likes soup. (Meaning, neither one likes soup.)

    neither [plural noun] nor [plural noun] + plural verb
    Ex: Neither the Johnsons nor the Harrisons like soup.
    Please note, speakers both now and then do and have indeed used neither [singular noun] nor [singular noun] with a plural verb. (Sources cited here).

    Does that help?


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