Usage of 'neither...nor', 'not...or' and 'not...nor'

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Are these sentences grammatical?

1- I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am.
2- We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food.
3- We don't wear the same clothes or eat the same food.
4- We don't wear the same clothes nor do we eat the same food.
 

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Are these sentences grammatical?

1- Usually, I neither [STRIKE]usually[/STRIKE] wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am.

2- We neither wear the same clothes, nor [STRIKE]do we[/STRIKE] eat the same food.

3- We don't wear the same clothes or eat the same food.

4- We don't wear the same clothes nor do we eat the same food.
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Are these sentences grammatical?

1- I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am. This is so unnatural that it doesn't matter whether it's grammatical.
2- We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food.:cross:
3- We don't wear the same clothes or eat the same food.:tick: This is the most natural way to express the thought.
4- We don't wear the same clothes nor do we eat the same food.:cross: A punctuation mark would make this grammatical but it still wouldn't be very natural.
See above.
 

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1- I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am.
Admittedly, that's unusual; but it's not impossible.

A: Come on! Don't you usually wake up at 6 am? You said that you like an early start. I think 5 am is okay, don't you?
B: I neither usually wake up at 6 am, nor do I like to wake up at 5 am.

2- We neither wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food.
I don't have a major problem with that sentence.
 

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It would be fine to write We neither wear the same clothes nor eat the same food. It would also be okay to write We don't wear the same clothes, nor do we eat the same food. Combining the two forms violates the usual usage of neither... nor.
 

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