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Which is correct?

1. Neither my assistant nor I am available....

or

2. Neither my assistant nor I is available....
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First one.

But you can say: Neither I nor my assistant IS available.
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Allright I got it!!! But what is the difference between
either/neither, or/nor? What about their usage?
either is a positive - You may have either cake. Enjoy your cake.
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!
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)"
"Noram available"
Obviously, the first part is incorrect. So, must one focus on the last nounto establish the proper tense?
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Hello Guest

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
sentence...

MrP
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.
Simple: the 'H' is silent.

It's how you pronounce it, not how you spell it, that determines the article.
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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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