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Either/or and neither/nor

1.Either / or – used in a sentence in the affirmative sense when referring to a choice between two possibilities

-Example :

We can either eat now or after the show – it’s up to you.

2. Neither / nor – used in a sentence in the negative sense when you want to say that two or more things are not true

-Example :

Neither my mother nor my father went to university.

Singular or plural

->When using either/or and neither/nor, note the following rules:

1. If both elements are singular, then the verb is singular too.

-Either the father or the mother has to attend the meeting. (father and motherare singular; so the verb has is singular too)

-Neither Leila nor Nancy is going to write the report. (Leila and Nancy are singular; so the verb is is singular too)

2. However, if one of the elements is plural, then use a plural verb.

-Either Sue or the girls are going to prepare dinner tonight. (the girls is plural; so the verb are is plural too)

-Neither the teacher nor the students were in the classroom this morning. (the students is plural; so the verb wereis plural too)

 

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