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Masfer

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Hi!
Is this sentence right?

This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either
 

blacknomi

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Masfer said:
Hi!
Is this sentence right?

This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either


In my opinion, the second sentence is right.

FYI
This law does guarantee neither A nor B.
or
This law doesn't quarantee either A or B.

"neither" and "nor" imply negative meanings.


sabrina :hi:
 

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Masfer said:
Hi!
Is this sentence right?

This law does not guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

Word keeps saying that I should write this instead:

This law does guarantee neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression

By this sentence I mean that the law does not guarantee "freedom of religion" and it does not guarantee "freedom of expression" either

That sentence is incorrect. We don't use "neither...nor" in a negative sentence. You can say:

This law guarantees neither freedom of religion nor freedom of expression.

This law does not guarantee freedom of religion or freedom of expression.

I don't care for the second version either. There is no need for "does".

:wink:
 
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