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I keep getting corrected by one my professors on my use of the word "nor". He tells me it is not a proper English word and therefore should be avoided.

Can anyone tell me if this is true and where can I find more information on this. I can listen to my professor and just watch out for this word. However, I am not convinced it should be avoided.
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The word "nor" is perfectly good grammar within the English language; however, its proper use is primarily only within negative phrases, especially after the word neither, to introduce the second member in a series, or any subsequent member: Neither he nor I will be there. They won't wait for you, nor for me, nor for anybody.

My mother was an English major, and she would probably roll over in her grave if I DIDN'T USE the word "nor" when I should have, such as in sentences above. Of note, though, I find it has become more acceptable in today's society to use "or" in place of "nor," but I tend to remain old school when it comes to grammar.
The proper use of the word "nor" is with the word "neither". So insdead of using an either-or statement, you could use a neither-nor satement.

Example, although poor: I want either pizza or hamburgers for lunch. Well, we have spaghetti so you will have neither pizza nor hamburgers for lunch.
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The first sentence is correct and is the only general situation for "nor." The second is blatantly incorrect. "They won't wait for you, or for me, or for anybody." Isn't that what you're trying to say? If "or" is correct, "nor" (essentially the opposite) can't be correct! If "nor" is used with such as "not" or "no," one is introducing, if not a double negative, then one and a half negatives.
Should be, "My child cannot play the drums; neither can he read sheet music." Understand that "neither" means "not either." Hence, we've written, "My child cannot play the drums; he cannot read sheet music either."

Again, it should be, "I've never been to Canada."

"Neither have I."

You know they say K.I.S.S.: Keep it simple, stupid. Never use "nor" unless you've used "neither." Period. The end.
InchoateknowledgeThere is a compound correlative conjunction: neither ... nor, and in this nor is a negative particle.How did you use nor?

I couldn't see my hand nor my body.
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My child neither play the drums nor read sheet music.
My child neither plays the drums nor reads sheet music.