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    Neither and either

    Teacher can you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct.

    'Neither of the two options is correct.'
    Is the usage of 'is' correct in that sentence.
    Please explain to me the same in the case of 'either'.
    Thank you.

    (please kindly do correct me if there are any mistakes in this thread)


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    Re: Neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by mounika View Post
    Teacher can you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct.

    'Neither of the two options is correct.'
    Is the usage of 'is' correct in that sentence.
    Please explain to me the same in the case of 'either'.
    Thank you.

    (please kindly do correct me if there are any mistakes in this thread)
    neither. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.


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    Re: Neither and either

    Sorry that site is not opening.

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    Post Re: Neither and either

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    USAGE NOTE: According to the traditional rule, neither is used only to mean “not one or the other of two.” To refer to “none of several,” none is preferred: None (not neither) of the three opposition candidates would make a better president than the incumbent. • The traditional rule also holds that neither is grammatically singular: Neither candidate is having an easy time with the press. However, it is often used with a plural verb, especially when followed by of and a plural: Neither of the candidates are really expressing their own views. • As a conjunction neither is properly followed by nor, not or, in formal style: Neither prayers nor curses (not or curses) did any good.


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    Re: Neither and either

    what about this one?


    Neither his friends nor Ali wants to go home.
    Neither Ali nor his friends want to go home.

    Which is acceptable?

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    Smile Re: Neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by mounika View Post
    what about this one?


    Neither his friends nor Ali wants to go home.
    Neither Ali nor his friends want to go home.

    Which is acceptable?
    Both are fine. Ali determines the use of the singular verb wants in the first sentence; his friends determines the use of the plural verb want in the other.

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    Re: Neither and either

    Neither Ali nor his friends want to go home.
    This is correct.

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    Cool Re: Neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither Ali nor his friends want to go home.
    This is correct.
    As well as the other.

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    Re: Neither and either

    No, the other one poses the question, 'whose friends and Ali?'

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    Cool Re: Neither and either

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, the other one poses the question, 'whose friends and Ali?'
    I take it for granted that it's Ali's friends and himself that don't want to go home.

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