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    Quantifiers

    Hello!

    Can anyone please check these sentences? :

    I took two books with me but I didnīt read neither/either of them.

    I can meet you on Friday or Saturday. Would any/either of those days be convenient for you?

    Kate told me everything/all about her new job.


    And...Im confused about the difference between a few/few and a little/little,

    and what is followed after none of us and neither of us. Singular or Plural??
    Ie - Neither of us were/was at the pub. None of us were/was at the pub.


    Thanks!

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    Re: Quantifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by kiki-monkey View Post
    Hello!

    Can anyone please check these sentences? :

    I took two books with me but I didnīt read neither/either of them.

    I can meet you on Friday or Saturday. Would any/either of those days be convenient for you?

    Kate told me everything/all about her new job.


    And...Im confused about the difference between a few/few and a little/little,

    and what is followed after none of us and neither of us. Singular or Plural??
    Ie - Neither of us were/was at the pub. None of us were/was at the pub.


    Thanks!
    I didn't read EITHER of them.
    Would EITHER of these days
    She told me EVERYTHING about it

    Neither of us WAS at the pub is the formally correct version, but in spoken English we commonly say 'neither of us were there last night'.

    I have to go to the pub now (!), to watch Chelsea play Liverpool. I'll deal with 'a few' later.

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    Re: Quantifiers

    Thanks!

    And what about the " None of us were/was in the pub" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiki-monkey View Post
    Thanks!

    And what about the " None of us were/was in the pub" ?
    None of us were... (less formal)
    None of us was... (more formal)


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    Re: Quantifiers

    None is a shortened form of not one.

    So the word one makes it singular:

    You wouldn't say One of us were in the pub

    So you sgould say None of us was in the pub

    One other point: None implies that no-one in a group of several people were in the pub.

    Neither (a shorthened form of not either one) can only be used if you're talking about two people (both/neither). The word neither is a negative so should not be preceded or followed by a negative verb).

    Dave

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    Re: Quantifiers

    Dave, thank you so much, what a wonderful explanation

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