Sometimes I struggle with the use of neither and nor. It can be difficult to figure out which one should be used when writing and speaking. I went on Grammar Girl and listened to her podcast to learn how to use them properly. Something that surprised me was when and where you are able to use “neither”, “nor” ,and “or”. I really want to know more about
- When “neither” and “nor” are used in the same sentence, “neither” will come before ” nor”. If there are multiple things in the sentence, normally you will continue to use “nor”. ” I neither like shrimp nor catfish.” I also learned if I wanted to add more to my list, I would continue to add nor. “I neither like shrimp nor catfish nor crab.”
- “Nor” and “neither” need to be balanced.
- “Neither” can be at the beginning of a sentence and also in the middle.
- “Nor” can be used at the beginning of a sentence, and doesn’t always have to appear with “neither.”
- When the second negative item is a noun, adjective, or adverb use “or”
- In the second part of a sentence when referring to a noun, adverb, or an adjective use “or”.
- When using a verb, you can use either ” nor” or “or”.
Something that surprised me was when and where you are able to use “neither”, “nor” ,and “or”. I really want to know more about and learn how to use these better in sentences. I also want to learn more about tricky uses of words.