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Guest:Which is correct?
1. Neither my assistant nor I am available....
2. Neither my assistant nor I is available....
either/neither, or/nor? What about their usage?
neither (think of it as not either) is a negative. You may have neither cake. Be hungry!
or - positive option. You may have strawberry or chocolate cake. Yum Yum.
nor - (think of the n for no) negative option. You may have neither strawberry nor chocolate cake. How mean I am!
Guest:Can you please explain the rules of grammer that apply to these two sentences. I understand that the first one is correct. However, when you break down #1 further to say...
" Neither my assistant (am available)"
Obviously, the first part is incorrect. So, must one focus on the last nounto establish the proper tense?
That's right - the second noun or pronoun determines the person of the verb.
It's not a pretty piece of grammar. Both the correct and incorrect versions are
likely to distress the reader or listener. Sometimes it's best to rephrase the whole
Guest:Okay, so..."Neither my assistant nor I am available to take your call" is the right one?
New question: Please explain the usage of a/an as it relates to the word "hour." I understand it is common usage to say " an hour". However, according to the rules of grammer, if I remember correctly, A,E,I,O,U and sometimes Y, are usually preceded by "an". H in this case, being a consonent, how do you explain this variance.
It's how you pronounce it, not how you spell it, that determines the article.
Guest:Neither his friends nor Ali wants to go home.
Neither Ali nor his friends want to go home.
Which is acceptable? I mean the relative pronoun 'his' seems *** to be placed in front. isn't it?
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