Student or Learner
Which word should be used in the following sentences, is or are?
1. Is (or Are?) neither he nor they wholly right?
2. Is (or Are?) the country's unique art forms or culture very poor?
Thank you in advance.
Would you please correct the following sentences for me?
1 Not only the students but also the teacher is enjoying the film.Thank you in advance.
2 Is not only the students but also the teacher enjoying the film?
3 Neither the students nor the teacher knows anything about it.
4 Does neither the students nor the teacher know anything about it?
5 Either he or I am right.
6 Am either he or I right?
Thank you very much for your help. :)
But, very regretfully, I'm even more confused. :(
While in the school, I was told sth called 'the princple of proximity'--my translation may be not very exact.
That principle says that when there are two subjects combined by some words or phrases (such as 'or', 'either ...or', 'nor', 'neither...nor', 'not...but', and 'not only...but also'), the verb form (singular or plural) should be determined by the subject closer to the verb.
Here are some examples:
1. What he does or what he says does not concern me. ('what he says' is the decisive factor)
2. Neither you nor I am wrong. ('I' is the decisive factor)
3. Not you but your father is to blame. ('your father' is the decisive factor)
4. Not only you but (also) he is wrong. ('he' is the decisive factor)
I don't think this principle agrees with some of the explanation in 7# and 8#.
Can you give me some further explanation or some other advice?
Looking forward to your reply.
Last edited by enydia; 20-Sep-2008 at 09:34.
Not only the students but also the teacher is enjoying the film.Proximity is violated here:
Is not only the students but also the teacher enjoying the film?Proximity is violated here:
Does neither the students nor the teacher know anything about it?Proximity is violated here:
Am either he or I right?