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We never use "neither... am," even if I is closer to the verb.
Is it really so?
I undersatnd that it sounds awkward, but is it really wrong?
Neither he nor I am going there.
So we have to find a verb that can apply to 'he' and 'I' - obviously you can't use 'is' or 'am' because that would be incorrect ('I is' or 'he am' sounds very wrong). So although it should be singular (like 'Neither Tom nor Dan is going' above) you have to use 'are' because it goes with 'he and I', though not 'he' or 'I' individually like it should.
It's better to compromise on the grammar of number rather than person, I guess!
He, as well as I, am a great person.
Is it also wrong or not?
PS. By the way, you didn't say openly that it was wrong.
When I is one of the two subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor, put it second and follow it with the singular verb am.
Example: Neither she nor I am going to the festival.
TicceWhen I is one of the two subjects connected by either/or or neither/nor, put it second and follow it with the singular verb am.It doesn't seem right to compare or and nor. The word nor isn't the negative of or, it's the negative of and. When you say x nor y, it means "not x and not y". It doesn't mean "not x or not y". When you conjoin subjects with and, you pluralize the verb, so it seems to me that you should also pluralize with nor.
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